Gardy Owns Yu
There are a lot of things you can’t predict about baseball. One of them is the fact that, after Monday’s loss to the Rangers, no player in baseball has hit more home runs against Yu Darvish during his career than Brett Gardner.
Gardner homered twice against the Japanese ace, his third and fourth career homers off Darvish in 11 at-bats. Two other players have hit four longballs vs Darvish: Brandon Moss (in 23 at-bats) and Mike Trout (34 at-bats). The only other player to go deep twice against Darvish in a single game was Matt Dominguez last year.
Derek Jeter had three hits, giving him 3,420 in his career to pass Carl Yastrzemski (3,419) for sole possession of seventh place on the all-time hits list. He also stole a base, putting him in an even more exclusive club.
He is just the second Yankee in the last 100 years with at least three hits and a stolen base in a game at age 40 or older, joining a 41-year-old Bert Campaneris in 1983 against the Twins.
Gardner and Jeter were the only players that were able to do damage against Darvish, who allowed only two runs over seven innings in the win. He is now 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA in three home starts against the Bronx Bombers.
Darvish is the first Ranger ever to win each of his first three home starts against the Yankees, allowing no more than two runs in each game.
Offense Wins Games
For what seemed like the first time all season, the Yankees were engaged in a true slugfest, and emerged the victors in a 12-11 win on Tuesday night.
Gardner again provided the biggest offensive boost, with another homer and two doubles as part of a 4-for-5 day. He is the only Yankee leadoff hitter to have back-to-back games with at least nine total bases in the last 100 years.
When they reached 10 runs in the seventh inning, it snapped an 83-game streak of scoring in single digits, which was the longest by any Yankee team in the designated hitter era (since 1973).
Brandon McCarthy was not at his best but still earned the win, giving up four runs over six innings. He is the first Yankee to pitch at least six innings in each of his first four starts in pinstripes, with the team winning each game, since David Cone in 1995.
David Robertson pulled the ultimate “Houdini” in the ninth inning, pitching around three walks and two hits to earn his 27th save. He is the first Yankee pitcher to allow at least five baserunners in a save of one inning or fewer in franchise history.
J.P. Arencibia did his best to keep the Rangers in the game, hitting two homers (including a grand slam) and two doubles while driving in seven runs. He is the first Rangers player ever to have seven RBI vs Yankees, and is also the only Rangers first baseman to hit a grand slam against the Yankees.
The Yankees offense fell back to earth in a 3-2 loss on Wednesday. Once again, Gardner led the highlight reel, so let’s get right to his numbers:
He homered to start the game for the second time in as many nights, becoming the first Yankee to hit a lead-off home run on consecutive days since Derek Jeter in 2001.
That brought Gardner’s line in this series to 8-for-14 with four homers and two doubles. The only other Yankee to have at least four homers and two doubles in a three-game series vs Rangers was Bernie Williams in 1994.
For the season series against Texas he finished 12-for-25 with five homers, four doubles and nine runs scored. Gardner is third Yankee to reach each of those totals (homers/doubles/runs) in a single season against the Rangers, joining Roger Maris in 1962 and Don Mattingly in 1987.