No Magic In 9th, Yanks Fall 3-2

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Alex Rodriguez puts the Yankees on the board with a solo shot to left field in the bottom of the 4th inning at Yankee Stadium on August 20, 2015

Game 120 / 67-53 / 1st / +1.5G : The Yankees turned a dreadful night at the plate into a 9th inning nail-biter, but couldn’t get the tying or winning runs in when it counted. What is particularly disturbing about this loss is the fact that the out-of-contention Cleveland squad has now handed the pennant-contending Yanks a fourth loss in the last 10 days.
Before the 9th inning ‘rally’, the only Yankee to touch up Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin was Alex Rodriguez, who hammered his 680th career home run in the 4th inning.

There was no magic to be had in the final frame, after A-Rod and Carlos Beltran singled, Brian McCann struck out in an AB which led to manager Joe Girardi getting tossed for arguing balls and strikes with home plate ump Dan Issagona. Both Chase Headley and Didi Gregoruis failed to get the big hit with runners in scoring position.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Indians 3, Yankees 2

  • Outfield Defense   Jacoby Ellsbury‘s glove work kept the Yankees out of getting in deeper deficits, with a this outstanding catch, and this one.
  • Welcome Back Cap   Kudos to twice DFA’d Chris Capuano for a gutty relief performance tonight — two scoreless innings in a tight ballgame.

“I thought that the strikeout of Jacoby Ellsbury is four inches outside. That’s a big event, when you have a runner on. One swing of the bat ties the game. I thought the ball was up to Mac … I just want the strike zone to be right. I mean even the 3-0 to Greg Bird’s not a strike. I mean, that’s a big situation too. I want the strike zone to be the strike zone. I know they’re not going to be perfect. I understand that. But, it’s a real important time.” ‐ Joe Garardi  (h/t: Chad Jennings / LoHud)

MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 2010, the Yankees traded Zach McAllister to the Cleveland Indians for Austin Kearns

Today in 1964, on the New York team bus following a 5-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Phil Linz begins to play ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ on his harmonica. Manager Yogi Berra orders Linz to stop, then slaps the instrument out of his hands when he continues playing. The incident is reported as indicating dissension on the club and Berra’s lack of control, as well as the level of Linz’s humor…

(h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)

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