August 10: New York 9, Kansas City 2
Waite Hoyt matched his best line of the season in a strong complete game. Things really blew up in the top of the eighth when Bernie Williams crushed a grand slam against Kelvin Herrera.
R H BB NY 210 000 060 - 9 10 2 KC 000 001 001 - 2 7 1 HR: J. DiMaggio (9), B. Williams (8), A. Rodriguez (16) starters IP R ER HR BB SO W. Hoyt 9.0 2 2 0 1 1 D. Jackson 7.0 3 3 1 0 4 NY 58-54, KC 58-56
August 11: New York 6, Kansas City 1
Lefty Gomez then matched his best line of the year with a strong complete game and the Yanks bats found the going fairly easy against Mark Gubicza.
R H BB NY 130 002 000 - 6 8 3 KC 000 000 010 - 1 5 1 HR: D. Jeter (6) starters IP R ER HR BB SO L. Gomez 9.0 1 1 0 1 4 M. Gubicza 5.0 6 5 1 3 2 NY 59-54, KC 58-57
August 12: Kansas City 4, New York 3 (15 innings)
After those two yawners, the teams played an instant classic in the finale. A Tony Lazzeri error in the third helped KC to a 1-0 lead, and Jose Rosado had a no-hitter going after five innings. Lou Gehrig led off the top of the sixth by reaching on a Frank White error, and Babe Ruth followed it up with a dinger to give New York a 2-1 lead on their first hit of the day.
Pitching for both sides was great, and the score was still tied 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth with starter Ray Caldwell still going when Hal McRae led it off with a walk. Kevin Seitzer followed that with a single that pushed McRae to third, and Caldwell got yanked for Mariano Rivera, who got the first out with a strikeout of Alex Gordon. Then Darrell Porter came up huge with a slow fielder’s choice that allowed McRae to race home to tie the game.
The bullpens were both filthy as the game went on and on. The KC bullpen never did allow an earned run in their 7.2 innings. The stalemate finally broke in the top of the 15th in a supremely disappointing way–Willie Wilson and McRae both made errors to help Lou Gehrig come around to put the Yanks up 3-2.
Sparky Lyle had pitched scoreless frames in the 13th and 14th, and came back out to try to end things in the bottom of the 15th. Alcides Escobar led off with a single, and then came up huge with a gutsy steal of second against Yogi Berra on a 1-15 chance. Freddie Patek then rolled into what would have been a double-play ball had Escobar not stolen but instead was just the first out of the inning. Wilson followed with a walk, and John Mayberry followed with a flyout to make it two on and two out, Yanks still up 3-2. Luckily for KC, George Brett stood in the batter’s box, and he brought the house down by slashing an RBI single to tie it up. McRae then atoned for his error in the top of the inning with a walk-off single.
Lou Gehrig was awfully quiet in the series, including an 0-for-7 in the finale, and shaved eight points off his wOBA. Chicago’s Joe Jackson is now just .008 behind Gehrig’s league-leading .420 wOBA. (Thanks to the Iron Horse’s durability, his lead in total runs created is still massive.)
R H BB NY 000 002 000 000 001 - 3 7 6 KC 001 000 001 000 002 - 4 11 5 HR: B. Ruth (26) starters IP R ER HR BB SO R. Caldwell 8.0 2 1 0 4 3 J. Rosado 7.1 2 1 1 3 2 NY 59-55, KC 59-57