GAME 140: A 6-run outburst! A victory! But let’s face it. The first week of September is gone. The team is 4+ games out of the second Wild Card slot, with a gang of teams to climb over. A legendary run needs to begin right about now if there is any hope of one more post-season for The Captain.
Prado Primes Offensive
Martin Prado was obviously not 100%, but the Yankees needed his red hot bat in the lineup. And Prado delivered, going 3-4 and scoring 2 runs. His two doubles set the table for RBI opportunities for Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran, each with 2 out at the time.
Brandon McCarthy bounced back nicely from two previous rocky starts. He scattered 6 hits over 6.2 innings, striking out 4 and walking only 1. In his 13 starts with the Yankees, McCarthy is 8-4, .270 ERA, with a complete game shutout.
Another exceptional bullpen performance kept Kansas City off he board the rest of way behind Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances, and David Robertson.
Here’s the box score and recap.
Today in Yankees Baseball History
MEMORY LANE: On today’s date in 1981, despite having won the first-half pennant, Yankees manager Gene Michael is replaced by Bob Lemon, who managed the club in 1978-79. The Yankees are under .500 in the second half of the season.
Happy 68th Birthday Fran Healy!
Fran Healy’s MLB career began with the Kansas City Royals in 1969 signing as an undrafted free agent. His 9-year playing career as a catcher was split between the Royals, San Francisco Giants, and the Yankees. His timing was perfect, as the last three years of his playing career he found himself on the roster of the New York Yankees. Upon retirement in 1978, he worked on radio broadcasts for the Yankees until 1981. He later anchored Mets broadcasts from 1984 until 2005, and currently hosts “The Game 365” on MSG Network, in New York.
SOURCES: TodayInBaseballHistory.com, Baseball-Reference.com