Teixeira Leads Yanks in Windy City Blowout

Mark Teixeira crushes a grand slam to center, his 27th blast of the season, to give the Yankees a 6-0 lead in the 2nd inning at Chicago on July 31, 2015

Game 102 / 58-44 / 1st / +6G : Didn’t pick up a starting pitcher by the trade deadline? No problem, just turn the scoreboard into a pinball machine. But evolving New York starter Nathan Eovaldi, beneficiary of crazy run support this season , struggled throughout before getting lifted after 5.2 innings with a 118 pitch count and a 12-2 lead.
In a painfully long game that was essentially over in the 4th inning, New York hung on for a 13-6 victory.

Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Yankees 13, White Sox 6

  • Alex Rodriguez   His stretch of quality ABs continue, with a 2-out double in the first, and RBI single in the second.
  • Mark Teixeira   Rakin’! Two home runs last night, a grand slam tonight to give the Yanks a 6-0 lead in the second, then another monster shot to dead center for a 9-2 sixth inning lead, then a double in the 6th. With back-to-back, 2-home run games for Teixeira, he is 4 behind Mickey Mantle in the all-time list of multiple home run games by switch-hitters. Mantle has 45, Tex now has 41.

    One record that Tex did break tonight was the 13 games that former teammate Nick Swisher hit home runs from both sides of the plate. Tex recorded his 14th game of doing just that tonight. And did his usual magic with the leather, robbing Adam Eaton of a sure double in the 5th.

  • Carlos Beltran   A 3-hit night. Slashes an RBI single down the left field line in the first, plating A-Rod for a 1-0 lead, following it with a double to left center in the second, and a single in the 4th.
  • Chase Headley   Headley closes out his killer July with a 2-hit, 1 run, 1 RBI night, raising his average to .273. His bags loaded single in the 5th plated New York’s 10th run.
  • Brendan Ryan   A 3-6 night with an RBI, Ryan — always dependable with the glove — has been a pleasant surprise of late with his bat.

Does Girardi had a problem with Eovaldi’s difficulty working deeper into games? “He’s winning games and he’s pitching well,” Girardi said. “It is what it is. However we need to win games, we’ll win games. I think he’s grown up a lot this year. I don’t know if that’s his 10th or 11th win for us, but he’s pitched pretty well. I’m not going to complain. I’m happy with what he’s doing.”  (h/t: Chad Jennings / LoHud)

MEMORY LANE : Tonight was the 1,878th game all-time between the Chicago White Sox and Yankees, with New York holding a 1,052-812 lead in the win-loss column …
On today’s date in 1930, Lou Gehrig drove in eight runs with a grand slam and two doubles as the Yankees outlasted the Boston Red Sox 14-13 …

Two years ago today in 2014, the club had a busy wind-down to the trading deadline, releasing Scott Sizemore, making a rare trade with the Red Sox to acquire Stephen Drew (and cash) for Kelly Johnson … Then sending highly-rated prospect Peter O’Brien and a player to be named later to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Martin Prado … And finally claiming right handed pitcher Esmil Rogers off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.
At the 2010 deadline, the Yanks traded with the Houston Astros for Lance Berkman, sending reliever Mark Melancon and Jimmy Paredes to the ‘Stros. Melancon is now a stud closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, appearing in the 2013 and 2015 All-Star games for the National League … At deadline time in 2007, New York traded Scott Proctor to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Wilson Betemit. Proctor, whose tales of over-use by then-Yankees manager Joe Torre were all over the New York media during the time, was originally acquired by the Yankees (along with outfielder Bubba Crosby) in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the current manager of the White Sox, Robin Ventura on July 31, 2003 …
At the deadline in 2004, the Yankees finally gave up on much-vaunted Cuban defector Jose Contreras, sending him and cash to the White Sox for Esteban Loaiza. In a much-vaunted amateur free agent signing in December of 2002, the Yankees inked Contreras to a $32 million dollar contract, but he never delivered on the mound for New York. In the litmus test of the time — pitching well at Fenway Park — Contreras failed miserably in his debut there on August 29, 2003, allowing 7 earned runs in 3 innings, walking 3 and giving up a long ball to Bill Mueller. He never got it together with New York, but after the trade showed what the Yankees were enamored about, turning in great outings for the White Sox in 2005, and being fitted for a World Series ring in the process.
In a 2003 deadline deal that would have historic impact on New York’s post-season legacy, the Yankees traded Brandon Claussen, Charlie Manning and cash to the Cincinnati Reds for Aaron Boone. Boone would end the American League Championship Series in walk-off fashion with a home run in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7 off Red Sox reliever Tim Wakefield, sending New York into the World Series…

(h/t: Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : Right hander Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 2.86), called up from AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre yesterday, gets the ball tomorrow in game two of the series facing John Danks (5-8, 4.97) in a 7:10 EST tilt at U.S. Celular Field in Chicago.


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