GAME 116: The surging Yankees ran into a buzz saw named Corey Kluber (10 Ks!) this afternoon, and the visiting Cleveland Indians evened the series at one win apiece with a 3-0 victory. Brandon McCarthy pitched well enough to win, but the Bombers couldn’t get any timely hits to back him up. The Tribe’s bullpen also kicked in solid performances, and kept New York off the scoreboard for the first time since June 22nd, when Baltimore’s Chris Tillman and T.J. MacFarland combined for an 8-0 win, handing Masahiro Tanaka his second loss.
From MLB.com’s wrap by Jamal Collier:
“He’s just got really good stuff,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Kluber. “He’s got an outstanding slider that he uses to right-handers and left-handers. I know there was a lot of talk for what we faced this week [against] Detroit, but you look at the top five guys in the AL, [Kluber’s] right there.
Number 2 is Number 6
After tying Honus Wagner yesterday on MLB’s all-time hit list, Derek Jeter’s squibbler up the third base line in the 6th inning solidified the Number Six position on the list for the Captain.
After last season’s dramatic finish that landed Cleveland in the post-season, the Tribe has not been able to build on that momentum in 2014, at least thus far. While the club has an outside shot at the second Wild Card spot, like the Yankees they must start putting together wins. They have a unquestionable ace in Corey Kluber, a rising star in Michael Brantley, and a sure-handed skipper at the helm in Terry Francona. Old friend Nick Swisher is having a year to forget, beset by knee injuries and unable to help the team at the plate.
MEMORY LANE: On August 9th, 1939, Red Rolfe of the Yankees started a streak of 18 consecutive games in which he scored at least one run. During those games, he scored a total of 30 runs.