Game 123 / 68-55 / 2nd / -0.5GB : The thinking that New York’s bullpen is a lock-down, lights-out, impenetrable level of security to a Yankees’ victory is long gone in the minds of the pinstripe faithful. This ain’t May or June, Dorothy.
Mere minutes after Carlos Beltran — who is carrying the New York Yankees at the moment — smashed a huge, game-tying double in the bottom of the 7th, Joe Girardi handed to the ball to the able Dellin Betances with the hopes of keeping Cleveland in check until The Bronx Bombers would live up to their namesake.
On a rare mistake pitch, the All-Star reliever served up a 97mph four-seam fastball to Indians’ shortstop Francisco Lindor that had too much of the plate, who sent it into the Bronx night for what turned out to be the deciding run of the contest. Which doomed New York’s dreams of a series split, and the chance to keep the reigns on first place in the American League East for another day.
The Yankees, who opened the homestand with a 3-game sweep over Minnesota, proceeded to drop 3 of 4 to the American League Central last place Tribe, and dropped into second place in the East. With the much ballyhooed ‘home field advantage schedule’ down the stretch, this was not the way it was written up. On Andy Pettitte Day, for cripes sake!
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Indians 4, Yankees 3
“I’m guessing it’s a DL off the bat just because he walked off the field without even throwing another pitch. That just seems to imply that it’s something serious. CC’s tough and he’s been pitching through a lot of stuff over the last number of years. So I’m just assuming we’re looking at a disabled list instead of having him here for another start.” ‐ Yankees GM Brian Cashman (h/t: Grace Raynor / MLB.com)
MEMORY LANE : Wow, what a day. Where do we start here? On today’s date in 2006, New York released Sidney Ponson, and in 2005 signed Ruben Rivera as a free agent.
On August 23, 1996 the Yankees traded Bob Wickman and Gerald Williams to the Milwaukee Brewers for Pat Listach, Graeme Lloyd, and Ricky Bones.