GAME 152: These days, the Yankees will take a win any way they can get one, and a walk off single through the opponent’s first-baseman is no exception.
Shane Greene was lights out over 6.2 innings, scattering 3 hits, striking out 6, and keeping the Blue Jays off the board. Greene left with a 2-0 lead, turning it over to Dellin Betances, then Shawn Kelley — who had another outing he’d like to forget. Kelley allowed a game-tying 2-run blast in the 8th to Joey Bats, but the recent (and too late) ‘heart’ this team is showing came through in the 9th. Here’s the box score and recap.
Greene Power: Shane Puts Up Zeros With No Margin for Error
Shane Greene is another Yankee hurler the club needs to give a prominent rotation shot to in Spring Training 2015 — along with Brandon McCarthy. Chase Whitley is also deserving of a hard look. We don’t know where Masahiro Tanaka will be in his recovery by then, let alone Ivan Nova. Michael Pineda is money — if he stays healthy. Greene, McCarthy and Whitley have proved themselves under the huge pressure of pitching for a team that couldn’t score more than 2 runs on any given day.
Headley Leads In Walk Off Heroics
GAMEDAY NOTES: Tonight was the Yankees 8th walk off victory of the season — with seven of them coming after the All-Star break! And as Sweeny Murti reported on the post-game radio show, 3 of those have involved Chase Headley.
Today in Yankees Baseball History
MEMORY LANE: On today’s date in 1956, Mickey Mantle hits his 50th home run, making him the eighth player to do so, in the eleventh inning off Chicago’s Billy Pierce. New York wins 3-2 to clinch another pennant. Mickey Mantle will win the Triple Crown with a .353 batting average, 52 home runs and 130 RBI.
In 1993, the Yankees trail the Red Sox 3-1 in the ninth inning when Mike Stanley hits a popup to left field. Just before the pitch, a fan runs onto the field and umpire Tim Welke calls timeout, so the last out doesn’t count. The Yankees rally for three runs and the Red Sox lose the game as well as the protest filed by the team.
On September 18th, 1930, Yankees starter Red Ruffing hit two home runs as New York edged the St. Louis Browns 7-6 in 10 innings.