Game 137 / 77-60 / 2nd / -1.5 GB : The Yankees hit one home run tonight. Baltimore hit two. That was the difference. Ace Masahiro Tanaka did his part — tossing 8 strong innings of 1-run, 10 strikeout ball, while the Yankees offense had no answer for Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman, with the exception of Alex Rodriguez, who clubbed his 30th home run of the season in the 6th. Then in the 9th, with Chasen Shreve in for Tanaka, the wheels came off a great pitching duel. With no one on base and down in the count, Shreve served up an opposite field blast to the dangerous Chris Davis for a 2-1 Baltimore lead. And that was that.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Orioles 2, Yankees 1
“We thought he’d exhausted himself, so we thought it was time to make the change.” ‐ Joe Girardi on pulling Tanaka after 8 innings. (h/t: Chad Jennings / LoHud)
A-Rod’s Game Tying Home Run
Top Double-Play of The Season?
FOOTNOTES : Happy 63rd Birthday to pitcher Larry Stephen McCall, whose three-year MLB career included a stint on the Yankees roster over the 1977 and 1978 seasons. The Asheville, North Carolina native wore the recently retired uniform number 51 in 1977. He appeared in 7 games over the two seasons, starting one, and finishing with a 1-1, 5.63 record. On November 10, 1978, McCall was traded along with Mike Heath, Sparky Lyle, Dave Rajsich, Domingo Ramos, and cash to the Texas Rangers for Dave Righetti, Juan Beníquez, Mike Griffin, Paul Mirabella, and minor leaguer Greg Jemison.
(h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)