The Prado of the Yankees
Martin Prado earned his pinstripes on Friday night with a two-out, bases-loaded game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees a 4-3 win in the series opener against the White Sox.
It was the Yankees first walk-off win against the White Sox that didn’t go to extra innings since September 22, 1999.
Prado is first Yankee with a bases loaded walk-off hit against the White Sox since Ken Griffey in 1984.
Prado’s clutch hit came on a 3-2 pitch, giving the Yankees their first RBI in a 3-2, two-out, bases loaded situation since Bernie Williams walked with the bags full in a 3-2 win against the Mariners on May 2, 1993.
Jacoby Ellsbury had his 25th double of the season, becoming the fourth Yankee center fielder with at least 25 doubles and 30 stolen bases in a season. He joined Roberto Kelly (1990), Rickey Henderson (1985, ’86), and Mickey Rivers (1976).
David Robertson recorded his 500th career strikeout in the ninth inning. He is the fastest (376 2/3 innings) Yankee pitcher to reach that milestone in franchise history, besting the previous record of 486 1/3 innings set by David Cone.
The Yankees took the middle game of the series, 5-3, behind a solid pitching effort from Hiroki Kuroda (6 IP, 2 R) and some rare timely hitting from the offense (4-for-9 with runners in scoring position).
Prado once again sparked the Yankee lineup, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. He is the first Yankee second baseman with at least three hits, including two doubles, against the White Sox since Pat Kelly on September 1, 1993.
Carlos Beltran hit his 15th home run of the season in the sixth inning, the 13th time he has reached that mark in a season. The only other switch hitters with at least 13 15-homer seasons are Reggie Smith (14), Chipper Jones (16), Mickey Mantle (17) and Eddie Murray (20).
The Yankees also struck out zero times, the first time they have done that since May 12, 2011. That streak of 577 games with at least one strikeout was the fourth-longest by a Yankee team in the last 100 years. The last time they didn’t strike out at the plate against the White Sox was a 4-2 win on July 17, 1997.
McCann Can Do It
Brian McCann was the hero in Sunday’s dramatic walk-off win, giving the Yankees a three-game sweep of the White Sox.
This was the first time the Yankees had two walk-off wins in the same series against the White Sox since August 11-12, 1980. The last time the Yankees swept the White Sox in a series that included two walk-off wins was in May of 1968.
The Yankees have now won eight straight home games against the White Sox, their longest home win streak vs the franchise since a nine-game streak spanning the 1951-52 seasons.
McCann’s three-run game-winning homer into the right field seats was the first-ever two-out, walk-off home run on a 3-2 pitch by a Yankee in the pitch count era (since 1988).
It was also just the third extra-inning pinch-hit, walk-off home run by a Yankee in the last 75 seasons. The others were by Bob Cerv on August 2, 1960 and Gary Ward on September 8, 1988, both of which came against the Tigers.
Chris Capuano is still without a win as a Yankee despite another quality start. He is the first pitcher in the last 100 years to be winless in his first six starts with the Yankees, allowing no more than four runs in each game.