GAME 100: David Phelps out-pitched Yu Darvish — for 4.5 innings at least — as the Yankees won a rain-shortened game against the Texas Rangers. Lightening struck nearby, and the heavens opened in the Yankees half of the 5th inning.
All of the game’s scoring happened in the 3rd inning. After Texas pushed a run across on the back end of a ground ball double play, New York answered by scoring on a Darvish balk, followed by a Brett Gardner home run to right, his 10th of the season.
Fourth Straight Win for Phelps
Phelps improved to 5-4, going 5 complete innings allowing 1 ER, 5H while walking none. The Yankees are now 5-1 since the All-Star break, and go for the series win against the Rangers tomorrow afternoon. After that, a big home series with the Toronto Blue Jays looms, as both teams are fighting it out for second place while keeping the division-leading Orioles in sight.
Here’s the box score and recap.
MEMORY LANE: On July 23rd, 2012, the Yankees acquired Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners for Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell.
1978: The Yankees win their fifth straight, 3-1, over the White Sox. At the Chicago airport, Billy Martin, reacting to reporters’ questions about Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner, replies, “The two deserve each other. One’s a born liar, the other’s convicted.” The remarks will cost Billy his job, but it wouldn’t be the first or last time.
YANKEES QUOTES: “The kid is the greatest proof of reincarnation. Nobody could get that stupid in one lifetime.” — Yankees manager Joe McCarthy, after a player was thrown out trying to steal home with one out.