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

Chicago Keeps Cooking In New York, Has Won 18 of 21

July 19: New York 8, Chicago 0

Chris Sale’s great first half was thanks in large part to allowing few homers, and he seems to be regressing hard in that category lately, having given up six over his last three starts including two in this one.

NY starter Bob Shawkey regressed in the opposite direction after a miserable first half. He sliced and diced through the White Sox lineup in this one to record his first shutout of the season. Joe DiMaggio similarly had a monster game after a terrible season to date, smacking two singles, a triple, and a dinger.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 000 000 - 0  4  3
NY  000 034 01X - 8 12  6

HR: J. Dimaggio (7), Y. Berra (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale     5.2  7  7  2  4  3  
B. Shawkey  9.0  0  0  0  3  1 

CHI 48-43, NY 50-41


July 20: Chicago 9, New York 7

Waite Hoyt, New York’s only starter having a respectable season so far, had a good day on the mound and the Yanks took a 7-3 lead into the top of the ninth. Babe Ruth led the NY offense against a sub-par Eddie Cicotte with three base knocks.

But the White Sox stunned Ruth’s house with an out-of-nowhere comeback in the ninth. The four run lead was put in Goose Gossage’s care to start the ninth, but the Goose loaded the bases without recording an out. In came Mariano Rivera, who settled things down a bit with a shallow fly ball from Sherm Lollar to get the first out and keep the score 7-3. But Eddie Collins singled in two runs to make it 7-5, and then Minnie Minoso clutched super hard with a three run bomb to give the White Sox the go-ahead runs.

Mariano has one of the better looking pitcher cards, but is fighting it to the tune of a 4.23 ERA so far.

                  R  H BB
CHI 011 001 006 - 9 11  5
NY  010 003 300 - 7 10  5

HR: M. Minoso (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte  6.2  6  6  0  4  3  
W. Hoyt     7.0  3  2  0  2  0 

CHI 49-43, NY 50-42

July 21: Chicago 5, New York 0

The Yankees looked like they were still stunned the next day as Ed Walsh hypnotized them into a shutout.

The White Sox did not drive an extra base hit all day, nor did they need to thanks to Lefty Gomez having trouble with his command. Gomez walked the first four batters of the game and was lucky to escape the first only two runs down. But another walk turned into a run the fifth, and the Sox singled their way to a couple of more late runs to take the series.

Chicago caught New York and Minnesota in a three-way tie for third place. The three teams are all scoring about as much as they are allowing on the season, though Minnesota is playing the lowest scoring games in the league, Chicago is right at average on runs scored and allowed, and New York is playing the highest scoring games around.

                  R  H BB
CHI 200 010 011 - 5 10  5
NY  000 000 000 - 0  6  1

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh   9.0  0  0  0  1  3  
L. Gomez   7.1  4  4  0  5  1 

CHI 50-43, NY 50-43

Houston Takes Advantage of New York’s Starting Woes

jeff-bagwell-jawsJuly 15: Houston 6, New York 4

The Astros scored all their runs in the bottom of the fifth:

Lefty Gomez pitching
Morgan Ensberg singles
Dickie Thon singles
Johnny Edwards singles, Ensberg scores
Craig Biggio sac fly, Thon scores
Jeff Bagwell homers, Edwards scores
Moises Alou homers
Bob Watson strikes out
Cesar Cedeno walks
Jim Wynn walks
Ensberg singles, Cedeno scores
Red Ruffing replaces Gomez
Thon flies out

                  R H BB
NY  000 110 200 - 4 9  4
HOU 000 060 00x - 6 8  6

HR: C. Keller (12), J. Bagwell (17), M. Alou (16)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez   4.2  6  6  2  5  3  
N. Ryan    7.2  4  4  1  4  8 

NY 48-40, HOU 41-47

July 16: Houston 10, New York 4

The woes of New York’s rotation continue. The Astros punished Ray Caldwell for seven runs in just three innings. Houston piled up 17 hits in the game, including at least one from each batter and three apiece from Jose Cruz and Cesar Cedeno.

Lou Gehrig pulled back into a share of the home run lead.

                   R  H BB
NY  100 100 101 -  4  8  3
HOU 230 301 10x - 10 17  5

HR: L. Gehrig (23), A. Rodriguez (12), J. Bagwell (18)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  3.0  7  6  1  4  1  
R. Oswalt    7.0  3  3  2  2  4 

NY 48-41, HOU 42-47

July 17: New York 5, Houston 2

New York finally got a good start, this time from Roger Clemens, who bounced back after several tough outings in a row. Gehrig walked twice, tripled, and dingered again to reclaim the home run lead all for himself.

Houston and New York split their six games for the season.

                  R H BB
NY  102 000 200 - 5 6  7
HOU 100 000 001 - 2 8  4

HR: L. Gehrig (24), C. Cedeno (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Clemens  7.0  1  1  0  3  1
M. Scott    7.0  5  5  1  7  8

NY 49-41, HOU 42-48

New York Recovers From Game 1 Loss To Win Series Against Anaheim

July 12: Anaheim 9, New York 2

The Angels made their Yankee Stadium debut and promptly teed off on Roger Clemens. The Rocket surrendered two walks, seven hits, and six runs before getting yanked after just 3.1 innings. The Anaheim hit parade was led by none other than catcher Bob Boone, who enjoyed his first three-hit day of the year.

Kelvim Escobar showed the New York fans why he made the Expansion All-Star roster,  yielding only two runs on a Mickey Mantle dinger to the powerful Yanks lineup. Escobar has a 2.81 ERA over his last six starts.

The Angels have now surprisingly won three out of four against the Yankees.

                  R  H BB
ANA 003 410 001 - 9 14  7
NY  002 000 000 - 2  6  4

HR: M. Mantle (15)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  6.2  2  2  1  3  9  
R. Clemens  3.1  6  6  0  2  4 

ANA 32-53, NY 46-39

arodJuly 13: New York 4, Anaheim 2

Anaheim’s Nolan Ryan contained the damage from his wildness a little better than he usually does, but got bitten by New York’s power. Babe Ruth doubled in a run and scored in the first, and in the sixth Robinson Cano tripled and came home on an Alex Rodriguez homer.

Bob Shawkey, Goose Gossage, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera combined to allow just three hits to the Angels.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 011 000 - 2 3  4
NY  200 002 00x - 4 7  8

HR: A. Rodriguez (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan     7.0  4  4  1  6  9  
B. Shawkey  6.0  2  2  0  4  4 

ANA 32-54, NY 47-39

July 14: New York 8, Anaheim 5

In the final meeting between the teams this season, New York evened the season series at three games apiece. Neither starter was particularly effective, but though the Angels offense had a good day (led by three hits each from Jims Edmonds and Fregosi), they couldn’t keep up with NY’s murderer’s row. Lou Gehrig bashed his league-best 22nd dongshot and A-Rod smacked three hits.

                  R  H BB
ANA 000 202 010 - 5 10  1
NY  113 001 02x - 8 11  8

HR: B. Grich (7), L. Gehrig (22), R. Cano (9)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  6.0  6  5  1  6  5  
W. Hoyt         5.2  4  3  1  1  2 

ANA 32-55, NY 48-39

Kaline Drills Come-From-Behind, Walk-Off Slam, Detroit Takes Series v. New York

July 8: Detroit 8, New York 4

It was low-scoring affair five innings, after which the score stood at 1-1. But the Tigers exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth behind of a Lou Gehrig error, four walks, two singles, and an Al Kaline round-tripper.

Gehrig and Babe Ruth continued their almost comically tit-for-tat game at the top of the league’s home run leader board. Gehrig became the first to 21 dingers in the sixth inning, but Ruth tied him right back in the eighth inning.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 001 020 - 4  9  6
DET 000 016 01x - 8 10  8

HR: L. Gehrig (21), B. Ruth (21), A. Kaline (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt    5.1  5  4  1  3  0  
G. Uhle    6.2  2  2  1  4  2 

NY 45-37, DET 39-43

kalineJuly 9: Detroit 8, New York 6

Robinson Cano blasted the Yanks to a 4-1 lead with a three-run homer in the third, but the Tigers had battled back to tie it in the fifth. It stayed knotted at four until the top of the ninth when Mickey Mantle drilled a two-run bomb against Mike Henneman that seemed to be the difference in the game, especially considering Mariano Rivera was on the mound for the bottom of the ninth.

But Rivera had nothing this day. Harry Heilmann and Miguel Cabrera started the inning off with singles, and Hank Greenberg walked to load the bases with nobody out. Alkaline came to the plate, and things went from bad to worse for Rivera when Kaline connected for a walk-off grand salami.

                  R  H BB
NY  013 000 002 - 6  8  5
DET 101 020 004 - 8 14  6

HR: M. Mantle (14), R. Cano (8), A. Kaline (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez    4.0  4  4  0  3  2  
T. Bridges  6.2  4  4  1  4  1 

NY 45-38, DET 40-43

July 10: New York 9, Detroit 6

The Yankees salvaged the last game on the strength of a bonkers second inning in which they plated seven. Tigers starter Bill Donovan gave up six of those runs while only getting one out in the inning. A Babe Ruth double and A-Rod triple were the extra base hits in the inning, and were accompanied by a Ty Cobb error, three walks, and three singles. A-Rod also hit a single and a triple in the game.

                  R  H BB
NY  072 000 000 - 9 11  6
DET 220 010 001 - 6 13  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (10), N. Cash (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  7.0  5  4  1  3  1  
B. Donovan   1.1  6  6  0  2  1 

NY 46-38, DET 40-44

New York Wins 2 of 3 v. Baltimore

June 30: New York 9, Baltimore 8

Both starters were absolutely shellacked, and the game was knotted at seven after three innings. From there it calmed down and was a completely different game, a game that New York won by a score of 2-1. 17 of the 18 batters in the game got either one or two hits, and Babe Ruth, the only one to go hitless, still reached twice on walks.

                  R  H BB
BAL 151 100 000 - 8 12  3
NY  232 002 00x - 9 11  8

HR: K. Singleton (6), A. Jones (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
U. Shocker  2.1  7  7  0  4  0  
R. Clemens  1.0  6  5  2  1  0 

BAL 47-32, NY 44-35


July 1: New York 4, Baltimore 2

Things calmed down a bit the next day. O’s starter Johnny Niggeling gave up just two hits, both singles, but couldn’t find the strike zone and walked seven. All four NY runs were scored by Yankees who had drawn a base on balls from Niggeling. Meanwhile, Waite Hoyt was sharp for NY.

                  R H BB
BAL 001 001 000 - 2 9  0
NY  020 000 20x - 4 3  9

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Niggeling 6.0  4  4  0  7  4  
W. Hoyt      7.0  2  1  0  0  5 

BAL 47-33, NY 45-35

July 2: Baltimore 4, New York 3

Baltimore finally got a strong performance from their starting pitcher in the finale. Erik Bedard limited the Yanks to a two-run Lou Gehrig homer in the first in his seven innings. Darren O’Day gave up another run in the ninth to let New York get within a run. Tony Lazzeri was standing on second with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Zach Britton came in to face Bill Dickey, and rung him up on a strikeout to close the game. After issuing nine walks the day before, the Baltimore staff didn’t walk a soul in this one.

Adam Jones reached four times on three singles and a walk.

The Orioles enter the All-Star break just two games behind Boston for the Original Division lead.

                  R  H BB
BAL 100 102 000 - 4 12  6
NY  200 000 001 - 3  8  0

HR: L. Gehrig (20)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard   7.0  2  2  1  0  5 
B. Shawkey  5.2  4  4  0  6  3 

BAL 48-33, NY 45-36