GAME 126: Don’t tell Martin Prado the Yankees can’t score more than 3 runs a game. Prado knocked in 3 himself tonight including the game-winner, as New York defeated the Chicago White Sox in walk-off fashion, 4-3 in the first of a three game series.
Prado Energizes Team, Stadium
The 3-run outburst by Chicago in the top of the first sent an immediate sense of dread throughout The Stadium. It looked like starter Shane Greene wouldn’t make it out of the inning, and asking the Yankees to score 4 runs was asking the impossible. Greene settled down and Prado made it a game with his 2-run blast in the third. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in the tying run in the 5th, and the bullpens kept it there unit the 9th. With the bags loaded, 2 outs, and down 0-2, Martin Prado fought back to a 3-2 count, then laced a single up the middle for the walk-off win.
Here’s the box score and recap. It was the Yankees fourth walk-off win of the season, and the fifth personally for Prado in his career. Prado’s blast in the third inning was his third in pinstripes.
RE-SIGN D-ROB: Tonight David Robertson recorded his 500th strikeout, the fastest to 500 in the fewest innings (376.2) in Yankees history. The previous record was held by David Cone (486.1). Robertson (2-4) earned the win, building on clutch outings from Shawn Kelley and Dellin Betances.
WILD CARD HUNT: The Yanks got help everywhere possible tonight except in Boston, where the Sox gave it up to Seattle in a 5-run 9th. Detroit, Toronto, Cleveland and Baltimore all lost, leaving the Yanks 3.5 out for the second Wild Card slot.
INJURY UPDATE: Carlos Beltran (right elbow pain), who had a cortisone shot on Wednesday could be available for tomorrow’s game. No target date yet for David Phelps (right elbow inflammation), who has progressed to long tosses.
Today in Yankees Baseball History
MEMORY LANE: On August 22nd, 2002, in a three-team trade, the Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later, Franklyn German and Carlos Pena to the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees sent Jason Arnold (minors), John-Ford Griffin and Ted Lilly to the Athletics. The Tigers sent Jeff Weaver to the Yankees and sent cash to the Oakland Athletics. Oakland sent Jeremy Bonderman (August 22, 2002) to Detroit to complete the trade.
On today’s date in 1996, the Yankees selected Luis Sojo off waivers from the Seattle Mariners, while in 1949 the Yankees purchased Johnny Mize from the New York Giants for $40,000.
In 1961, Roger Maris becomes the first player to hit his 50th home run in the month of August, as the Yankees lose to the Angels 4-3.
A happy 38th birthday to Jeff Weaver, and a happy 66th to baseball’s first DH Ron Blomberg!