New York Wins First Two, Kansas City Pulls Out Incredible Finale

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

Everyone Forgets How To Pitch and Play Defense, Detroit Takes Series in New York

August 7: Detroit 9, New York 7

This one was going well for the home team as their starter Ray Caldwell took a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning. Then all hell broke loose as the Tigers went double, single, walk, fly out, single, and single before Caldwell was pulled in favor of Sparky Lyle. Things went just as bad for Lyle: single, single, error, groundout, double, and single before David Robertson came on to take a stab at maybe getting out of the inning at some point. Robertson gave up a double and a single before finally getting the third out after the Tigers had rung up eight hits and nine runs in the inning.

                  R  H BB
DET 000 000 900 - 9 15  1
NY  301 200 100 - 7 13  6

HR: B. Ruth (25)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Donovan   5.0  6  5  1  3  0  
R. Caldwell  6.1  3  3  0  1  1 

DET 51-58, NY 56-53

veachAugust 8: Detroit 11, New York 8

It was another typical disgusting display at little league stadium. Mike Mussina made a rare appearance to see if he could do better than the beleaguered Roger Clemens. The answer was no, no he could not. The Tigers put together another ridiculous inning, this time in the second, when they pounded Mussina and Whitey Ford for eight runs. Travis Fryman and Harry Heilmann both left the yard in the inning.

Bobby Veach had a monster day with a walk, single, two doubles, and a triple. Bill Dickey was also massive for New York with two singles and two dingers.

                   R  H BB
DET 280 000 010 - 11 14  7
NY  100 301 03x -  8 14  4
HR: H. Heilmann (11), N. Cash (15), T. Fryman (3),
Bill Dickey-2 (4), D. Jeter (5)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  7.0  7  7  3  3  5  
M. Mussina    1.1  7  7  2  1  1 

DET 52-58, NY 56-54

August 9: New York 8, Detroit 6

Bob Shawkey delivered what counts as a miracle start for the rancid Yankees pitching staff and defense, giving up only four runs in seven innings. That, along with errors by Hal Newhouser and George Kell and the usual New York slugging, was good enough to pull out a win for the slipping Yanks.

Veach added two triples to have five extra-base hits and three singles in the series. His .385 wOBA would be 10th best in the league if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.

                  R  H BB
DET 002 002 020 - 6 10  5
NY  000 033 02X - 8  6  8
HR: M. Mantle (17), J. DiMaggio (8)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  5.1  6  3  0  6  3  
B. Shawkey    7.0  4  4  0  4  2 

DET 52-59, NY 57-54

Baltimore Takes Series From New York To Move Into Share of First Place

Robinson Frank batting 2487.85 NBLAugust 3: Baltimore 11, New York 6

New York starter Bob Shawkey’s miserable season trudged on in a brief two-inning, four runs allowed day. Baltimore’s top three hitters, Ken Singleton, George Sisler, and Frank Robinson, were a combined 6-for-6 against Shawkey and drilled 10 hits in the game. Robinson swatted two singles and two doubles.

Babe Ruth had four hits with a double and homer for the losers.

                   R  H BB
NY  010 003 002 -  6  7  6
BAL 221 006 00x - 11 18  5
HR: B. Ruth (24), D. Jeter (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Shawkey  2.0  4  4  0  1  0  
E. Bedard   7.0  4  3  2  4  3 

NY 55-51, BAL 61-45

August 4: Baltimore 4, New York 2

Waite Hoyt had a respectable start going for New York through five innings, after which his Yankees trailed 1-2. Then Adam Jones led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo mamma-jabba, Matt Wieters doubled, Cal Ripken singled, and Hoyt was gone.

Rubber-armed Jack Powell hurled his eighth start of nine innings and the Orioles won their sixth straight. A win the next day would propel them into first place all by their lonesome. A loss would still leave them in first, but tied with Boston.

                  R  H BB
NY  000 010 001 - 2  9  3
BAL 011 002 00x - 4 11  2

HR: A. Rodriguez (15), A. Jones (12)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt    5.0  4  4  1  2  2  
J. Powell  9.0  2  2  1  3  1 

NY 55-52, BAL 62-45

August 5: New York 3, Baltimore 2

Lefty Gomez finally gave New York a strong start, allowing just one run in 7.1 innings. But Harry Howell was strong for Baltimore as well, allowing only two earned runs in a complete game.

In the third, Baltimore backup second baseman Bobby Wallace allowed Charlie Keller to reach on an error. It was a play first-stringer Bobby Grich could have made in his sleep, and it came back to bite the O’s when Keller came around to score what ended up being the winning run.

Eddie Murray launched a homer in the bottom of the ninth to get Baltimore within a run, but Mariano Rivera closed it out with a Ken Williams fly out and Cal Ripken strikeout.

                  R H BB
NY  021 000 000 - 3 6  3
BAL 000 000 011 - 2 5  4
HR: E. Murray (13)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez   7.1  1  1  0  4  4  
H. Howell  9.0  3  2  0  3  4 

NY 56-52, BAL 62-46

Minnesota’s Santana & Johnson Tame New York Bats

July 31: Minnesota 9, New York 4

Minnesota took the singles train to Yankee Stadium and swatted 12 one-baggers. Harmon Killebrew nabbed five singles in five plate appearances. Kirby Puckett broke the mold with a double and a homer.

Johan Santana held the big New York bats to three runs, all on a Robinson Cano dinger.

                 R  H BB
MN 210 005 010 - 9 14  4
NY 030 000 000 - 3  6  5
HR: K. Puckett (4), R. Cano (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  7.0  3  3  1  4  5  
L. Gomez    5.2  8  5  1  2  0 

MN 57-46, NY 54-49

August 1: Minnesota 5, New York 3

After facing Santana and his #1 ERA, the Yankees got to face Walter Johnson with the second best ERA in the loop. The Big Train also held NY to three runs, but in a complete game. The Twins again placed 12 singles in this one. Tony Oliva and the streaking Joe Mauer collected three apiece.

                 R  H BB
MN 000 004 100 - 5 13  2
NY 000 100 020 - 3 10  2

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson   9.0  3  3  0  2  6  
R. Caldwell  6.1  5  2  0  2  4 

MN 58-46, NY 54-50

August 2: New York 8, Minnesota 6

After the suffocating pitching of Santana & Johnson, Inc., the Yanks teed off on Bert Blyleven with a vengeance. Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Cano all slammed homers against Bly in the first inning, earning him the hook after recording just two outs. Dutch Leonard came on in relief and was greeted with the Yankees’ fourth homer of the inning, this time courtesy of Alex Rodriguez, for the Yankees fifth run of the inning.

You’d think the game might have been over then and there, but the Twins actually stormed back to take a 6-5 lead in the fourth. Mauer was huge again and went 4-for-4 with a double and a dinger. He has 21 hits in his last nine games.

But A-Rod hit his second homer in the bottom of the sixth to tie it at 6-6, and Charlie Keller, Gehrig, and Bill Dickey put some hits together in the seventh inning to score the winning runs.

This was the fifth straight series win for Minnesota, and they now find themselves in third place and just three games out.

                 R  H BB
MN 002 211 000 - 6 15  1
NY 500 001 20x - 8 11  2
HR: H. Killebrew (6), J. Mauer (6), L. Gehrig (28),
B. Ruth (23), R. Cano (12), A. Rodriguez-2 (14)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Blyleven  0.2  4  4  3  0  1  
R. Clemens   4.1  5  5  1  1  2 

MN 58-47, NY 55-50


Oakland Takes Series From New York to Catch Yanks in Standings

July 28: Oakland 5, New York 2

Oakland’s offense laid a balanced attack against New York’s Roger Clemens. Bert Campaneris scored two and drove in one.

Robinson Cano connected for three hits and scored both NY runs.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 000 100 - 2  6  2
OAK 001 021 01x - 5 11  5

HR: J. Canseco (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Clemens  6.0  4  4  0  3  3  
C. Bender   8.0  2  2  0  2  1 

NY 53-47, OAK 53-47

July 29: New York 5, Oakland 2

The score reversed the next day as the Yankees got a rare good start from their struggling rotation in the form of Bob Shawkey’s two runs allowed in seven innings.

Lou Gehrig increased his homer lead with his 27th blast, and recent call-up Don Mattingly went bonkers with a walk, two singles, two doubles, and three runs. After playing six games, Mattingly is hitting .520/.556/.800. He has already created more runs in 27 plate appearances than Kansas City’s Frank White has created in 346.

Phil Rizzuto also had a nice day with two walks, a double, and a triple.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 102 001 - 5 13  6
OAK 002 000 000 - 2  8  4

HR: L. Gehrig (27), R. Jackson (17)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Shawkey  7.0  2  2  1  4  3  
B. Zito     5.0  4  4  1  6  2 

NY 54-47, OAK 53-48

Rube-Waddell-Portrait-1July 30: Oakland 2, New York 1

A fantastic duel between Waite Hoyt and Rube Waddell closed out the series. The Yanks got out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Mattingly drove in A-Rod with a double.

Mickey Mantle made a rare error in in sixth that put Reggie Jackson on, and Al Simmons drove Jackson in for the tying run.

It was still locked at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth with two outs and nobody on when Home Run Baker laced his league-leading 17th triple. Hoyt was lifted in favor of Herb Pennock to get a lefty-lefty matchup against Mickey Cochrane, but Cochrane fisted a single to drive in the winning run.

Rube Waddell pitched his sixth consecutive nine-inning start, during which time his ERA is a microscopic 1.50. His season ERA is down to 3.15, seventh best in the loop. When you factor in Rube’s tremendous workload (only Walter Johnson has pitched more innings) Rube has saved the third most runs in the league. He struck out a season-high nine in this contest.

                  R H BB
NY  010 000 000 - 1 3  3
OAK 000 001 01x - 2 9  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt     7.2  2  1  0  4  2  
R. Waddell  9.0  1  1  0  3  9 

NY 54-48, OAK 54-48

Cleveland Narrowly Wins Series in New York

napJuly 25: Cleveland 8, New York 7

Cleveland jumped Waite Hoyt for a quick 6-0 lead. Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, Albert Belle, Larry Doby, and Terry Turner each chipped in two hits to a balanced attack for Cleveland.

The Naps’ bullpen almost let the game slip away after starter Vean Gregg passed along an 8-3 lead heading into the eighth. Doug Jones got just one out before giving up back-to-back ding-dongs to Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle that cut the score to 8-6. Then Cody Allen walked the first three Yank batters to start the bottom of the ninth. Johnny Allen came in and induced three groundouts while only allowing one inherited runner to score to clean up Cody’s mess and escape with a narrow win for Cleveland.

                  R  H BB
CLE 310 200 200 - 8 12  6
NY  000 102 031 - 7 11  9

HR: N. Lajoie (2), L. Doby (8),
M. Mantle (16), Y. Berra (7)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg   7.0  3  3  0  6  3  
W. Hoyt    4.0  6  4  1  2  1 

CLE 46-51, NY 52-45

July 26: Cleveland 7, New York 6

This time it was New York grabbing an early lead and they sent Addie Joss to the showers down five runs after four innings. Bob Feller took over the final five frames and was quite good, and the Cleveland offense got on the board after Yogi Berra started the top of the fifth with an error.

New York handed a 5-3 lead to David Robertson in the eighth. Albert Belle and Jim Thome welcomed him to the game with back-to-back bombs to tie it up and Robertson was out of the game before he knew what hit him. In came Mariano Rivera, who allowed Cleveland’s go-ahead run in the same frame on doubles by Lou Boudreau and Speaker. Rivera then gave up a dong to Belle in the ninth that went down as the winning run after the Yanks scratched across a run in the bottom of the ninth.

Belle had a career day with two doubles and two dingers. In the one plate appearance he didn’t get a hit, he still drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.

New York wasted four-hit games by Charlie Keller and recent call-up Don Mattingly.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 030 031 - 7 11  5
NY  021 200 001 - 6 15  2

HR: A. Belle-2 (7), J. Thome (24),
D. Mattingly (1)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss   4.0  5  5  1  0  2  
L. Gomez  7.0  3  0  0  4  5 

CLE 47-51, NY 52-46

July 27: New York 5, Cleveland 2

The Yankee pitchers put together a rare decent game in the finale as Ray Caldwell, Sparky Lyle, and Rivera combined to allow one earned run to Cleveland.

Lou Gehrig had a quiet series for a change. Two singles were all the offense he generated, and his wOBA dropped from .446 to .435, still best in the league by a wide margin.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 001 001 - 2 12  3
NY  010 301 00x - 5  7  8

HR: C. Keller (13)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. McDowell  7.0  5  5  1  7  7  
R. Caldwell  6.1  1  1  0  1  2 

CLE 47-52, NY 53-46

New York Takes A Sometimes Ugly Series In Boston

July 22: Boston 3, New York 2

Tris Speaker and Carl Yastrzemski combined for seven of Boston’s 10 hits. The Yankees made the Sox nervous in the eighth and ninth. New York loaded the bases around two outs in the eighth, at which point Jonathan Papelbon relieved starter Smoky Joe Wood and got Derek Jeter to ground out. Then in the ninth, Charlie Keller and Bill Dickey both doubled and Babe Ruth singled to get the Yankees within a run and put runners on second and third with two outs. Papelbon got out of the jam again, this time with a fly out by Robinson Cano.

                  R  H BB
NY  000 000 101 - 2  8  6
BOS 100 001 10x - 3 10  2

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  7.0  3  3  0  2  3  
S.J. Wood    7.2  1  1  0  6  2 

NY 50-44, BOS 59-35


July 23: New York 8, Boston 6

There were three big swings of the score in this battle of Clemens v. Clemens. First the Yankees beat up on the far-superior-on-paper Boston Clemens for four runs in the first two innings.

New York Clemens looked sharp for three innings until suddenly looking like a little leaguer in the fourth. Six straight Red Sox reached, including a Ted Williams triple and Jimmie Foxx bomb. Clemens got yanked in favor of Herb Pennock. The BoSox had taken a 5-4 lead, and they tacked on another run in the fifth to make it 6-4.

A Lou Gehrig homer in the seventh cut Boston’s lead back to one, and Derek Lowe took the hill in the eighth trying to protect the narrow lead, but allowed four straight baserunners and was pulled without recording an out after he hit Jeter with the bases loaded to tie the game. Papelbon came in again to try to get out of Lowe’s mess, but two more of Lowe’s runners came around to score to claim the final lead change of the game for New York.

Don Mattingly made his Rhubarb debut. I didn’t even have a Mattingly card made prior to this series, but Joe DiMaggio was due for a rest in this game, which typically has meant Bernie Williams would slide in as the DH. But Williams is pretty average against righties, and, I thought to myself, surely the Yankees have a better option somewhere on their eligible roster. After poking around a little bit, it looked like Mattingly was the best option, so I whipped up a card for him. (Dave Righetti was dropped from the 25-man to make room.) Mattingly is a defensive improvement over Gehrig at first, so for the first time all season, someone besides Larrupin’ Lou manned the initial sack for New York and Gehrig took the DH spot. Mattingly was 2-for-4 with a walk and a double, and Gehrig didn’t seem to mind not playing defense as he went 2-for-4 with a walk and a dong.

                  R  H BB
NY  130 000 130 - 8 11  6
BOS 000 510 000 - 6 13  4

HR: L. Gehrig (25), R. Cano (10), J. Foxx (12)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Clemens  3.1  5  5  1  3  2  
R. Clemens  7.0  5  5  2  3  7 

51-44, BOS 59-36

July 24: New York 11, Boston 7

This one was just kind of a nightmare. The great Pedro Martinez was terrible in the top of the first, and Gehrig and Ruth went yard back-to-back. The first six Yankees reached safely before Martinez found a modicum of command and got out of the inning. Pedro then reeled off four shutout innings as his teammates piled up runs against Bob Shawkey (and his errant fielders) to take a 7-4 lead.

The top of the the fifth started normally enough for Pedro as he got two quick ground outs. Then A-Rod drew a walk and Derek Jeter singled, but no problem because the next batter, Mickey Mantle, rolled a grounder to first baseman Jimmie Foxx…but Foxx was flummoxed and couldn’t get a grip on the ball. A-Rod scored to make it a 7-5 Boston lead. Still quite workable for Pedro and Boston. But that Foxx error seemed to cause a rip in the space-time continuum, and suddenly Pedro was useless. Charlie Keller singled, Gehrig singled, Ruth walked, Bill Dickey singled, and the Yanks were up 9-7 and Pedro was out of the game. Before the inning was over, seven unearned runs had been charged to Pedro.

DiMaggio was available to return to the Yankee lineup in this one, but as much as he has struggled this season (.301 wOBA), and as good as Mattingly and the whole lineup looked the day before, DiMaggio stayed on the bench and Mattingly got another start at first and smacked a couple singles. Manager Joe McCarthy wouldn’t commit to anything, but don’t be surprised if Mattingly keeps taking away playing time from DiMaggio against righty starters.

Boston leads the season series against New York 7-4.

                   R  H BB
NY  400 007 000 - 11 14  5
BOS 223 000 000 -  7 10  4

HR: L. Gehrig (26), B. Ruth (22)

starters      IP   R ER HR BB SO
B. Shawkey   3.0   7  3  0  2  0  
P. Martinez  5.2  11  4  2  4  3 

NY 52-44, BOS 59-37