$500 million offseason delivers
The Yankees opened their 10-game homestand with a 4-3 win against the Reds. The Yankees entered this game 5-7 all-time in the regular season against the Reds, the only team they have a losing record against.
Jacoby Ellsbury sparked the team with two RBI, two hits – including the game-winning homer in the fifth inning – and a stolen base. He is the second Yankee in franchise history to hit a home run and steal a base against the Reds, joining Alfonso Soriano in 2003.
The stolen base was his 25th of the season, giving him 25 steals and 102 hits in his first 92 games with the Yankees. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the fastest player to reach 25 steals and 100 hits in his Yankee career since Steve Sax did so in 1989 in his first 83 games in pinstripes.
Brian McCann added an RBI double and Carlos Beltran also had an RBI single, marking just the third game – and first time at Yankee Stadium – in which McCann, Beltran and Ellsbury each had an RBI in the same game. It also happened on April 22 at the Red Sox and June 10 at the Mariners.
Brayan Pena had two homers for the Reds to keep the game close. He is the second Reds player ever with a multi-homer game at Yankee Stadium. The other came in Game 4 of the 1976 World Series, off the bat of Johnny Bench.
The ultimate sacrifice
The Yankees made it two wins in two games following the All-Star break, beating the Reds again on Saturday afternoon, 7-1.
Brett Gardner drove in three runs, two of them via sacrifice fly. The only other Yankee in the last 100 years to have two sac flies from the leadoff spot in any game was Willie Randolph, who did so twice, in 1978 and 1984.
Brandon McCarthy had another terrific outing in pinstripes, allowing one run over six innings to earn the win. How unexpected was this performance?
He entered the game with a 14.73 ERA in three career appearances (2 starts) against the Reds. That was by far his worst ERA vs any team, and it was the highest ERA against the Reds by any active pitcher (min. 5 IP).
Walk-off wins are the best
The Yankees completed the sweep with a 3-2 walk-off win on Sunday afternoon. It is their first-ever regular season sweep of the Reds and their second-ever walk-off win against the Reds.
McCann had the game-winning bloop single, his fifth career walk-off hit and first since 2011. He joins Russell Martin (2012 vs Mets) as the only Yankee catchers with a walk-off hit in an Interleague game.
Ellsbury went 4-for-4 with a walk and stole two bases. He is the first Yankee center fielder to reach base at least five times in a game without making an out, and also have two stolen bases, since Roberto Kelly in 1991.
Ellsbury’s ninth-inning leadoff single and McCann’s game-winning blooper both came off 100 mph pitches from Aroldis Chapman. The only other team to get two hits on pitches thrown 100 mph or harder this season is the Giants on June 28, also versus Chapman and the Reds.