It was Paul O’Neill Day at The Stadium this afternoon. Before the game, the Yankees held a ceremony honoring him and unveiled his new plaque out in Monument Park. Safe to say that was the high point and only Yankee-related highlight on the day.
Corey Kluber has been the unquestioned ace of the Cleveland staff this season and an absolute stud. When the season ends he’s going to find himself near the top of a lot of Cy Young ballots and he showed why today. He held the less-than-100% Yankee lineup scoreless over 6 innings and only allowed 4 hits, 1 for extra bases, while striking out 10. About the only good thing the Yanks did against him was force him from the game after those 6 innings and 109 pitches.
Brandon McCarthy was very good again in his 6th start in pinstripes, pitching into the 7th and striking out 8 while not walking a single batter. He made 1 mistake on the day and it ended up costing him big time with the offense getting blanked. Jose Ramirez (no, not that one) took him deep on a first-pitch cutter with a runner on in the top of the 2nd to put the Indians up 2-0. They were the only runs scored against McCarthy, but they were enough to give him his first loss as a Yankee.
Michael Brantley tacked on an insurance run in the 8th with his 17th homer of the season against Chase Whitley. The Yankees had 1 hit in 3 innings facing the Cleveland bullpen and racked up 5 more strikeouts. If O’Neill would have been out there today, it’s safe to say the water coolers would have been in serious danger.
– Derek Jeter went 1-4 and passed Honus Wagner for sole possession of 6th place on the all-time hits list. That’s almost assuredly where he’ll finish his career, so congratulations to him. That’s a lot of hits and some incredible company to be among.
– The top 3 spots in the lineup had 4 of the 5 team hits on the day. Jacoby Ellsbury was the only player with multiple hits, including the double.
– The 4-7 spots in the order combined to go 0-15 with 9 strikeouts and 1 walk. Ugh.
– Rubber match tomorrow afternoon, Kuroda vs Carrasco.