GAME 110: It had all the makings of a classic New York-Boston donnybrook of recent vintage. Almost a four hour game? Check. Tons of runs? Check. A Big Papi home run? Check. 9th inning drama? Check.
After allowing 7 runs on 8 hits over the first four innings, Yankees pitching locked it down the rest of the way, keeping Boston hitless. Down 7-4 to start the fifth, the Bombers put up 3 runs to tie it, then Brett Gardner‘s solo blast in the 6th was the margin of victory.
Gardner, Drew Drive Offense
Between Brett Gardner (3-4, 3 RBI) and a breakout night from Stephen Drew (2-4, 4 RBI), the Yankees’ offensive output was encouraging tonight, coming back from three deficits in the course of the game. Gardner’s home run was his 15th of the season.
Bullpen Saves The Day
After David Phelps‘ abbreviated start, the bullpen did the job. Chase Whitley (2 innings), newly added Esmil Rogers (3 innings and the win), Dellin Betances ( 1 inning), and finally closer David Robertson (1 inning) for the save — his 29th of the season out of 31 chances.
Here’s the box score and recap.
PHELPS UPDATE: It was obvious something was up with starter Phelps, whose 6 hits, 2 BB, and 5 ER over 2 innings was his worst outing of the season. What wasn’t obvious at the moment that is was more ominous than a simple bad night on the mound. Initial reports are a inflammation to his right elbow, and will have tests in New York tomorrow. In the post-game interview, manager Joe Girardi stated that Phelp’s elbow has been barking to some degree over the past three weeks. Hopefully it’s not serious, and Phelps seemed in good spirits in his post-game Q and A.
PENNANT CHASE: With Toronto, Tampa and Seattle losing, the Yankees are remain 5 games out in the division, but improved to 2 games out of the second Wild Card slot.
MEMORY LANE: On today’s date in 1982, The White Sox sweep a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, 1-0, and 14-2, prompting Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to fire manager Gene Michael and replace him with pitching coach Clyde King. King is the Yankees’ third manager this season.
August 3, 1933, the Yankees are shut out by the A’s and Lefty Grove 7-0. It is their first scoreless game since August 2, 1931. They had tallied in 308 games in a row, during which they scored 1,986 runs (6.5 per game) to 1,434 for the opposition.
On August 3, 1967, the Yankees traded Elston Howard to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later and Pete Magrini. The Boston Red Sox sent Ron Klimkowski (August 8, 1967) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade. (Photo credit: Arnie Lee)
Free agent signings on this day include John Olerud (2004), Luis Polonia (2000), and Lenny Randle (1979), purchased from the Pittsburgh Pirates.