Sep
20

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

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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.

Categories : Game Stories

55 Comments»

  1. EndlessJose says:

    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.

  2. YankeeFan says:

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

  3. Kiko Jones says:

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

  4. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    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 says:

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

    • OldYanksFan says:

      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!’.

  5. Andrew 518 says:

    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.

    • 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 says:

        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.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

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

  6. jim p says:

    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 says:

      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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

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

  10. SDB says:

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

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

  12. nycsportzfan says:

    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.

    Thoughts?

  13. Kosmo says:

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

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