Jeter conquers the Green Monster
New faces, new places, same result for the Yankees in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox on Friday night.
Derek Jeter hit a solo homer to left field in the eighth inning, becoming the first Yankee age 40 or older to homer at Fenway Park since Enos Slaughter in 1959. That was Jeter’s first home run over the Green Monster since he hit one off Curt Schilling on Sept., 16, 2007.
Red Sox rookie Anthony Ranaudo – pitching in his first major-league game – allowed two runs over six innings. He is the first Red Sox pitcher to make his MLB debut vs the Yankees and get the win since Vaughn Eshelman in 1995, and first to do it at Fenway Park since Mike Garman in 1969.
Ranaudo struck out Jeter in the third inning for his first major-league strikeout. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Red Sox pitcher to get his first career strikeout against Jeter.
Dellin was dealing
So… apparently the Yankees are allergic to blowouts since the All-Star break. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-4 on Saturday, their 13th game in a row decided by one or two runs.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest streak of games decided by no more than two runs in franchise history. The previous record was 12, accomplished in September of 1904.
The Yankees took advantage of five walks in the third inning from Allen Webster, the second time this season that a Red Sox pitcher has walked at least five batters in an inning vs the Yankees (Mike Carp on April 24). Prior to this season, the last pitcher on any team to walk five-or-more Yankees in an inning was Oakland’s Miguel Jimenez on April 30, 1994.
Jeter added two hits, his 52nd career multi-hit game at Fenway Park. That broke a tie with Mickey Mantle for the second-most multi-hit games by a Yankee at Fenway Park. The only player in franchise history with more is Lou Gehrig (61).
Dellin Betances hit 100 mph on the radar gun in his eighth inning battle with Mike Napoli. Prior to Saturday, no other Yankee pitcher had thrown a pitch at least 100 mph over the last seven seasons (as far back as we have reliable pitch speed information).
Welcome to the neighborhood, Mr. Rogers
The close games don’t ever stop and on Sunday night it was another win, 8-7, in the series finale.
Brett Gardner was the hero, hitting his 15th homer of the season in the sixth inning to give the Yankees a 8-7 lead… and it also earned him an Obscure Yankeemetric of the Week.
Gardner is the first Yankee outfielder 5-foot-10 or shorter with at least 15 homers in a season since Rickey Henderson hit 28 in 1986.
Carlos Beltran continued his hot streak at the plate with his sixth straight multi-hit game. He is the second Yankee ever with at least two hits in six straight games, all of them coming as designated hitter. The other is Mike Easler, who had an MLB-record eight-game streak in 1986.
Esmil Rogers pitched three scoreless and hitless innings for the win, becoming the franchise-record 29th different pitcher used by the Yankees this season. The previous record of 28 was done in 2005, 2007 and 2011.
Rogers is the second pitcher in the last 100 years to pitch at least three hitless innings in his Yankee debut and get the win, joining Charles Hudson in 1987.