A-Rod’s record slam gives Yanks win over Giants

Game 154: 1%
Romine not ready to return, still dealing with concussion symptoms

Source: FanGraphs

It’s too bad the Yankees are so far out of the playoff race, otherwise this game would have been all kinds of awesome. They got big performances from two important players and rallied late for a 5-1 win over the defending World Series champs. Let’s recap:

  • Record-Setting: The Yankees were poised to blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning of a tie game before the totally unclutch Alex Rodriguez saved the day. He clubbed his 24th career grand slam off former Yankee George Kontos with two outs in the inning, turning a 1-1 game into a much more comfortable 5-1 game. It also broke a tie with Lou Gehrig atop the all-time grand slam list, meaning A-Rod has now hit more bases loaded homers than anyone in history. Pretty cool. And a big hit too.
  • Stepped Up: There’s a good chance New York would be sitting in a playoff spot right now if CC Sabathia had a typical CC Sabathia season. He’s been awful this year, but he did turn in one of his best outings of the year on Friday night. Sabathia held the Giants to one run in seven innings (and one batter), striking out seven and allowing ten base-runners total. Just two of the final 12 men he faced reached base. It wasn’t a vintage dominant Sabathia outing, but he was effective and that’s something we hadn’t seen in a long time.
  • Leftovers: Alfonso Soriano got the Yankees on the board with a Yankee Stadium cheapie solo homer in second. He had two hits and a walk … props to Eduardo Nunez for two stellar defensive plays at third base (no seriously), one charging a ball and another fielding a tough hop … Brendan Ryan and Ichiro Suzuki had singles while Ichiro also drew a walk … David Robertson and Mariano Rivera combined to retire five of the six batters they faced. The only blemish was a Robertson walk.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. Depending on the outcomes of the other games, the Yankees will be either three games (Rays and/or Rangers lose) or four games (Rays and Rangers both win) back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column with eight to play. Cool Standings has their postseason odds at 4.4%. Ivan Nova and Ryan Vogelsong is your pitching matchup Saturday afternoon. Check out RAB Tickets if you watch to catch the fourth-to-last home game of the season (and Rivera’s career) in person.

Game 154: 1%
Romine not ready to return, still dealing with concussion symptoms
  • EndlessJose

    Yeah A-Rod passing famous Yankees and breaking there records are pretty cool Mike.Goanna be awesome when he passes Ruth after he comes back from his suspension.

    Glad they won but I hate to see A-Rod break records or have his name next to a icon which he isn’t.

    • Andrew 518

      This is what I hate most about the A-Rod situation. I love to see the Yankees win, but a little part of me dies inside when someone as inarguably great as Gherig gets past by someone like Rodriguez.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I admit I can be melodramatic at times but dang…

        • Pat D

          I also can’t take seriously people who try to sound serious in posts like this and say “there” when they should have said “their” or “past” when they should have said “passed.”

          • Betty Lizard

            Or can’t spell Gehrig.

            Not that that really matters to me, as I love to see records broken and love Alex Rodriguez.

            • Pat D

              I consider not catching that typo as if I’d made it myself.

              I will go sit in the corner in shame.

            • vicki

              my girl.

          • jim p

            Internet homonyms are a plague. Wee awl sea this everywear these daze. Butt watt mite bee dun about fowl spellings?

            • Pat D


              • Andrew 518

                …and now I remembered why I stopped posting here, everyone would rather discuss spelling errors than baseball. Sorry for wasting your valuable internet time…

                • Jimmy

                  You have to admit that using “past” instead of “passed” is distractingly awkward.

                  • Kenny

                    At least he didn’t say something like “ARod had went 0 for 3.”

  • YankeeFan

    MLB calling the Houston/Cleveland game as early as 1030 is completely bogus.

  • Kiko Jones

    Mike, buddy: A great game is a great game, regardless.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    CC had 7 hits and 3 walks in 7 innings against a weak hitting line-up.

    While it’s better than before, a 1.43 game whip against a team 12 games under 500 is fool’s gold.

    • Laz

      A win is a win.
      At this point in the season it doesn’t matter about them figuring it out. Is only results.

    • OldYanksFan

      SF in 19th in OPS, out of 30 MLB teams (Yanks are 25th!)
      SF in 9th in OPS, out of 15 NL teams (Yanks are 13th! in the AL)

      So SF IS a weak hitting team, but not horrible.
      But I agree, this doesn’t mean CC ‘Is back!’.

  • Andrew 518

    Living on the West Coast sucks, the Giants anouncers are some of the worst in the game.

    They spent the entire post game moaning about how unfair it was that the Giants lost as a result of those “only in Yankee stadium” home runs. Am I wrong or don’t both teams get to hit in the same park?

    We stopped talking about cheap home runs to left in Camden Yards years ago. I know the rest of the world hates the Yankees but I tire of the rhetoric that seems to suggest that the New Stadiums’s dimensions are a part of some kind of vast Yankee conspiricy to tarnish the game.

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      That’s weird. Generally Kuiper and Krukow are pretty good. Weird to think they’d be whining their asses off about that. Disappointing, too.

      • Andrew 518

        Really the biggest culprut is the studio guy, thankfully I can’t remember his name, I’m pretty sure he even contended that the Giants did win, but they were cheated.

        As for Kruck and Kuip, I just can’t stand them, in typical Bay Area fashion can’t bring themselves to ever…ever…say anything about the Giants, I even once saw someone get picked off first to end the game, but they couldn’t stomach the thought of it being a bad play.

        Not that the Kay can’t be a bit of a homer, too, and certainly let’s not bring up Ma and Pa, but I find it to be a little bit much.

        • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

          That studio guy wasn’t, by any chance, a bozo by the name of Brodie Brazil, was it?

          • Pat D

            I thought Bobo Brazil died like 15 years ago.

            • Andrew 518

              I don’t think that is him but he is a bozo allright. He’s always very dour, he reads sports news like he is anouncing the asssiantion of Kennedy.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Something tells me if Posey or Panda hit one like that they wouldn’t utter a goddamn peep.

  • jim p

    It was two righties who homered to right, also. So they can’t even say it’s our tailored-to-the-Stadium lineup doing that.

    • Chris

      I agree Andrew, they are such homers that it is tough to watch with the sound on. I can deal with Tim McCarver after listening to those jokers last night.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    The Rays need to lose if the Yankees want to make a push here.

    Can’t look at the Cleveland spot anymore. We want them to lose, but it’s simply not gonna happen. Their schedule is too soft. Need the Rays to lose, so that the deficit narrows to 2.5 at nights’ end. For some of the good tonight, it means almost nothing if TB wins.

    • Preston

      Doesn’t really matter, we pretty much have to win out, and that means a sweep of Tampa, so 2.5 games out or 3 games out doesn’t matter, we just need to win.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        Every little bit helps.

      • OldYanksFan

        True. We might need Texas to lose, since the only way we have a chance is to Win all 8, which means we sweep TB and gain three games on them. If this happens, Cleveland and Texas may be our competition.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    The longer this goes, the greater chance there is the Orioles lose. This is irritating.

    • vicki

      listen. to make october we still have to pretty much win out. that’s three rays losses right there. the o’s have to lose some too. i think you’re sweating the outcome of this game too much.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        I probably am. Remember that I live in Tampa and I thoroughly loathe that team, so, yeah, I really do want to see them lose this game.

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)
      • vicki

        you are a very strange man.

        • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

          Its Friday I had my kids and the dog all day while my wife at her sister’s.
          The Yankees are on the edge of elimination and the Giants are 0-2.
          Long week at work where my administration seem to planted themselves permanently up my ass.

          So yes I’m bit off.

          • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

            Oh! Forgot the best part my friend in Boston is sending me pictures of them celebrating clinching AL East and is wondering what I’m going to be doing in Houston next Saturday!

            • vicki

              just some friendly teasing.

              • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

                Yes, I know.

                Have to give it up to their front office from worse to first in one year.

                • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

                  Boston was 68-83 this time last year.


          • Mister D

            Yep. While I acknowledge that anything can happen in a short series, or three short series, this feels like cows rushing to be first into the slaughterhouse.

      • bobby two-knives

        priceless. I’ll be singing it in my head all day. Thanks.

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Seriously the Red Sox shouldn’t have trouble beating any of these WC teams they all suck.

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      Bases loaded after 2 blown double plays and they still can’t score.

      just made my point.

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      I give up!!!!

  • SDB

    I love what’s happening to the O’s and Rays’ bullpens.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    The Orioles offensive incompetence has truly been something to behold in these extra innings. Unbelievable.

    • SDB


      oh, wait, 2012’s calling me?

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Fuck off Rays.

  • nycsportzfan

    Not that it has to do with the game, but what do some of you think about possiblly bringing Mike Napoli in as a FA next yr? Hes fairly versatile player and his RH power will be needed once we lose Alex..

    All though, there is one side of me that feels like we’d be the unlucky team to get the injury prone Napoli..lol I think it’d be a risk i’d be willing to take though.


    • billbybob

      His beard is too ridiculous. Plus where is he going to play? Tex will be back at first (hopefully) and the ghost of Derek Jeter will need to occupy the DH spot.

    • SDB

      Out of sheer spite, I’d like to see Napoli signed, forced to shave off that fucking beard… and then immediately traded elsewhere.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        Darnell McDonald’d

  • Kosmo

    I think the Kontos-Stewart trade has finally paid a dividend for NY.

    • Pat D

      Yes, safe to put that trade in the “W” column now.