Yankeemetrics: August 8-10 (Indians)

Derek Jeter passed Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time hits list on Saturday. (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter passed Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time hits list on Saturday. (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Grand Beltran
The Yankees opened their weekend series against the Indians with a 10-6 win on Friday night. Carlos Beltran drove in half of the Yankee runs with an RBI single and a grand slam.

It was his 11th career grand slam and first since 2012. The only switch-hitter in major-league history with more grand slams than Beltran is Eddie Murray (19).

Beltran, who hit five of those with the Mets, became the third player to hit a four-run homer with the Mets and Yankees. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he joined Darryl Strawberry and Robin Ventura in this exclusive club.

He also recorded his 15th career game with five or more RBIs, tying Eddie Murray and Lance Berkman for the fourth-most such games among MLB switch hitters.

Dellin Betances pitched the ninth inning, striking out two of the five batters he faced. He now has 37 games this season with at least two strikeouts, the most multiple-strikeout games by a reliever in a season in Yankees history.

Yankees Got Klubbed
Somehow, some way, the Yankees still keep setting records. They lost 3-0 on Saturday afternoon, striking out 15 times against four Indians pitchers.

This is the first time ever that the Yankees have been shut out and struck out 15 times in the same game at home, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

It is also the first time that the Yankees had 15 strikeouts in a game vs the Indians over the last 100 years.

Indians starter Corey Kluber recorded 10 of the 15 strikeouts, becoming the first Indians pitcher with double-digit strikeouts vs the Yankees since Bartolo Colon threw a one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts on September 18, 2000 against them.

The only other pitcher besides Kluber with 10 or more strikeouts in six innings or fewer as a visitor at Yankee Stadium (old or new) was the Rays’ Matt Moore on September 22, 2011.

Derek Jeter also etched his name in the record books, passing Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time hits list with a sixth inning single. That infield hit gave him 3,431 career hits, one more than the Flying Dutchman.

Bat Failure
The Yankees homestand ended with a dud, losing 4-1 to the Indians on Sunday afternoon.

The lone run came on a solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, preventing the Yankees from being shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since 1999. That is by far the longest active streak by any team – the next-longest is by the Tigers, who haven’t been blanked in two straight games since 2008.

Jacoby Ellsbury was the lone offensive highlight, hitting that ninth-inning homer and also adding a single and a stolen base. It was his 30th stolen base of the season, becoming the first outfielder with at least 30 steals in his first season with the Yankees since Rickey Henderson (80) in 1985.

Bryan Mitchell pitched two scoreless innings in his first career game, the sixth Yankee pitcher to make his major-league debut this season. The only other seasons in last 100 years the Yankees had at least six pitchers make their MLB debut before September were in 1944 (6) and 2007 (7).

Former ESPN researcher; forever baseball and Yankees fan. Now living in northern Vermont and the color of the front door of our house is Yankee blue. Also write about college football and basketball and the NFL. Bleed Huskies blue (that's UConn, of course).

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