Game 101 / 57-44 / 1st / +6.0G : Spotted to a first inning 3-0 lead, the continuously inconsistent CC Sabathia gave it back and more by the second. Then staked to a 5-4 lead on Brian McCann’s 2 run blast in the third, a misplay by Jacoby Ellsbury on a sinking liner to center ended up in an inside the park home run for Ryan Rua, and a 5-5 tie. Mark Teixeira‘s 24th home run of the season put New York up 6-5 in the 7th, but the bullpen gave it right back in the bottom of the frame.
In a rare bullpen meltdown, both Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller allowed the tying and winning runs.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Rangers 7, Yankees 6
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- Chase Headley The man is living right. Headley does not want to see this road trip and for that matter the month of July to end. Tonight’s RBI single in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 8 games.
- Mark Teixeira Robbed of a home run last night, Tex made sure he had the distance tonight, blasting a rocket over the center field wall in the top of first, his 25th of the season. He would hit his second dinger of the game in the top of the 7th giving New York a 6-5 lead.
- Brian McCann Smoked a line drive home run to right in the top of the 3rd giving the Yanks a 5-4 lead.
- Nick Goody Welcome to the show, Nick! The hard-throwing righty made his major league debut in the bottom of the 8th in a 6-6 tie with two out, striking out Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos to end the frame. Goody started the 9th by walking Delino DeShields, and was pulled by Joe Girardi The lead-off walk would prove to be the game winning, knocked in by a Josh Hamilton single to right off Miller.
“I just didn’t fool anybody tonight. It was just one of those days. Even the outs I got, both outs were two of the hardest-hit balls I’ve given up all year. You chalk it up and move on. You’re not going to win them all. It stinks. I feel like I’m throwing the ball pretty well, but I didn’t get the result I wanted tonight.” ‐ Andrew Miller
TRADE DEADLINE NOTES : Busy day with a ton of guys on the move as the July 31st trade deadline looms. The Toronto Blue Jays just made it interesting in the AL East with the acquisitions of Troy Tulowitzki and David Price. Tulo is already paying dividends with a 3-RBI debut for the Jays, including a monster home run. No word yet on when Price will have his first start …
In a curious move, the Yankees finally pulled the trigger on a trade — which makes no sense. The club gave up outfielder Ramon Flores (who did well in the bigs on recent call-ups) and right-handed pitcher Jose Rameriz for Seattle’s Dustin Ackley — an infielder turned outfielder with a pedestrian slash line and seemingly filling no need or void on the roster.
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1990, George Steinbrenner was forced to resign as general partner of the Yankees by baseball commissioner Fay Vincent. For more, check out ‘The Boss Gets Benched! George Steinbrenner loses control of the Yankees in 1990 stunner‘ … (h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : The Yanks move on to the final leg of their 3 city road trip tomorrow, heading into Chicago for a weekend set with the White Sox. Nathan Eovaldi (10-2, 4.27) takes the hill against Carlos Rondon (4-3, 2.09) …