Nuno: Road Ace
The Yankees snapped their three-game losing streak vs the Mariners with a win on Tuesday. It was their longest single-season losing streak against the Mariners since 2002.
Vidal Nuno allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings as the Yankees improved to 6-0 in his six career road starts. That is their longest road win streak in a pitcher’s starts to begin a career since they went 13-0 in Whitey Ford’s first 13 career starts away from Yankee Stadium (1950-53) and 6-0 in Art Schallock’s first six (1951-53).
Nuno lowered his career road ERA to 2.00 (compared to 6.21 at home) and still has yet to allow a home run in any of his six starts away from the Bronx. He is the first Yankee to begin his major-league career with six consecutive homerless road starts since Bob Wiesler in 1951-55.
Jacoby Ellsbury was the hero for the Yankees on Tuesday night with a tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth inning. He is the first Yankee centerfielder with a go-ahead hit in 8th inning or later in Seattle since Bernie Williams on May 30, 1995 – the same game as Derek Jeter’s first career hit.
Jeter, Teixeira shine on Tanaka-mas Day
The obvious star of Wednesday’s win over the Mariners was Masahiro Tanaka, who struck out 11 in a complete-game victory. For all you need to know about Tanaka’s historic outing, click here for a special edition of Yankeemetrics on Tanaka.
Mark Teixeira did his part to make sure that Tanaka got the win, hitting a three-run homer in the fifth inning. It was the 352nd homer of Teixeira’s career, tying him with Ellis Burks for 88th place all-time. He now has 33 career home runs vs the Mariners, matching Alex Rodriguez for fifth-most against the team.
Derek Jeter had another productive day, with two hits and two stolen bases. It is just the second time in the last eight seasons he’s had multiple stolen bases in a game and the first time since September 25, 2009 against the Red Sox.
At age 39 and 350 days, Jeter also became the oldest Yankee in the last 100 years with at least two stolen bases in a game. The previous “record” was set by Ichiro last year at age 39 and 236 days.
The two stolen bases were the 350th and 351st of his career, putting Jeter in exclusive company. He is the third player in major-league history with at least 350 stolen bases, 250 homers and 3,000 hits, joining Rickey Henderson and Craig Biggio.
A Seattle Sweep
The Yankees completed their first sweep of at least three games in Seattle since 1999 with a win on Thursday night. They have now won five straight games in Seattle dating back to last season, their longest road win streak against the franchise since a six-game streak spanning the 1989-90 seasons when the Mariners played in the old Kingdome.
The Yankees offense finally woke up, scoring more than four runs in a game for the first time since May 28. Their streak of 12 games with fewer than five runs was the longest such streak by the team since 1991.
Ellsbury got the scoring started with a first-inning two-run home run that extended his hit streak to 16 games. It is the longest hit streak by a Yankee centerfielder since Melky Cabrera‘s 18-game streak in 2007, and the longest by a left-handed Yankee centerfielder since Mickey Rivers had a 17-game streak in 1978.
Chase Whitley had his second strong outing in a row, giving up two runs in 7 2/3 innings. It was his fourth straight start without allowing a walk, becoming the first Yankee with four consecutive walk-free starts since David Wells in 2003 and first right-hander to do that since Mike Mussina in 2001.
He now has just three walks in 33 2/3 innings over six starts in his major-league career. Whitley’s three walks are tied with Fritz Peterson for the fewest among the 34 Yankee pitchers in the last 100 years to to make a start in each of his first six career games.
And finally perhaps the most incredible stat of the day: The Yankees are 15-1 in road games started by rookies this season, including 5-0 in Whitley’s games.