Yankees 7, Rays 5: Nine walks in the park

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The Yankees walked nine times today.

Nine times? I don’t remember him being sick nine times.

That’s probably because he wasn’t sick. He was skipping school. Wake up and smell the coffee, Mrs. Bueller. It’s a fool’s paradise. He is just leading you down the primrose path.

I can’t believe it.

…I’m sorry, every time anyone says the phrase, “Nine times,” my mind goes directly to Ferris Bueller.

So where was I? Oh right, the Yankees walked nine times this afternoon against Rays pitching. In fact, they had more walks than hits. Robinson Cano accounted for four of those walks. Zoilo Almonte and David Adams both walked two times and Lyle Overbay walked once.  It was Cano’s first four walk game and the first by a Yankee since Alex Rodriguez did it on May 15, 2009.

Cano wasn’t only walking, he was also stealing bases and has now stolen a base in consecutive games for the first time in his career. He had a single and scored four times.

Almonte continued to impress by hitting a big two RBI single in the third to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead and he worked a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth off Rays starter Alex Colome to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead.

Unfortunately, the Yankees wouldn’t hold that lead for very long because in the very next inning, the Rays loaded the bases as well against CC Sabathia and their rookie phenom Wil ‘I spell my name with one l” Myers hit a grand slam to put the Rays up 5-3.

The Yankees struck back in the bottom of the seventh with four runs of their own. They loaded the bases, again, this time against Jake McGee and another rookie, Adams, worked a walk, to help pull the Yankees to within a run. The next batter, pinch hitter Vernon Wells, who was up to bat in place of Chris Stewart hit a ground rule double due to fan interference but three runs still scored because the umpires made a judgement call and allowed Adams to score even though Wells had to go back to second and the Yankees went up 7-5.

David Robertson came in and pitched a clean 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts and Mariano Rivera picked up his 26th save of the season and the 634th save of his career.

Sabathia lasted seven innings, gave up five runs on six hits, walked two and struck out two. Colome lasted 4.1 innings for the Rays and gave up three runs on five hits with five of the Yankees’ nine walks credited to him. He also struck out three.

Evan Longoria continued his hot hitting against the Yankees in a losing effort. He was 2-3 with a double, a home run and he picked up a walk.

The Yankees are now 24-0 when they score more than five runs.

Some cool facts from Jeff Quagilata, research guru on Twitter:

  • The last Yankee with 4 walks, a hit and 3 runs scored: Mickey Mantle 8/13/67 & 7/2/61
  • The last Yankee with 4 walks, a hit, 3 runs scored and a stolen base in a game? Babe Ruth 6/15/30

Some more cool facts from William Juliano of the Captain’s Blog:

  • Today was Sabathia’s first win while allowing 5+ earned runs since 8/28/10 vs. the White Sox. He now has 16 such wins in his career.
  • Wells’ bases clearing 2B in the 7th registered WPA of .470, tying him with Cervelli (9th Inn HR vs. Arizona) for “biggest hit” of the year.
  • Cano’s 4 walks today are more than he has had in 13 different calendar months during his career.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.