GAME 66: Friday the 13th and a full moon hovering over Oakland did nothing to stop the Yankees’ momentum. David Phelps took a no-no into the fifth inning, and only got into a bit a trouble to start the 6th, walking Coco Crisp then going to a full count on John Jaso. In previous outings, this is where the wheels would come off, but Phelps made a perfect pitch to turn a 6-3-1 double-play. He then got A’s slugger Josh Donaldson on a ground out to short.
In the 7th, Phelps hit the 100-pitch mark, and was removed after allowing a two-out single to Jed Lowrie. 6.2 innings, 3Ks, 3BB, 2 hits — one of them a bloop at that. Dellin Betances came in to get the final out of the inning, a foul pop to Mark Teixeira. It was by far Phelp’s best outing of the season.
Betances pitched a perfect eighth. Rookie righty Jose Ramirez took the mound in the ninth, and his 95mph fastball helped him retire the side in order.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Teixeira knocked in runs in the first, and Brett Gardner added an RBI single in the third, for a 3-0 lead. In a welcome occurrence, without 2 outs in the top of the eighth, the Yankees tacked on 4 more runs for a 7-0 lead. Ichiro Suzuki, Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson helped do the damage.
Here’s the box score. Recaps posted when available. It was the Yankees fourth win in a row, and combined with Baltimore’s loss to Toronto, jumped over the O’s for second place in the AL East.
MEMORY LANE: On June 13, 1948, the number 3 is retired in honor of Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium in front of 49,641 fans. The ailing Bambino is in attendance, as well as members of the 1923 Yankees squad. The Yanks did The Babe proud that day, defeating the Cleveland Indians 5-3. Eddie Lopat out-dueled Bob Feller, while Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto knocked home runs for The Bombers. Joe Page earned the save in relief of Lopat. The game took a managable 2:21 to complete … In 1924, Yankees outfielder Bob Meusel gets hit in the back with a pitch then throws his bat at Detroit Tigers pitcher Bert Cole. The resulting fight includes players, fans and the police. Nearly thirty minutes later umpire Billy Evans is unable to clear the field and forfeits the game to New York, 10-6 … In 2003, Roger Clemens – after four tries – finally joins the elite 300 Wins Club. The forty-year old fireballer is the twenty-first pitcher in the club after his Yankees defeat the Cardinals 5-2 in an interleague match-up …