LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Win a Game of Contrasts in a Season of Contrasts

Friday, June 19, 2015

Yankees Win a Game of Contrasts in a Season of Contrasts

Much like the  Yankees' 2015 season. Thursday's game with Miami exhibited the frustrations of not being able to buy a run, to the other extreme of getting on such a roll that you think it's never going to stop, When the dust had settled the Yankees had a come from behind 9-4 win at home over the Miami Marlins.

For the season, the Yankees had stretches of going 3-6 (the first nine games of the season), 1-10 and most recently, 1-5, a total record of 5-21 at the team's most inept stages. On the flip side, the Yanks have enjoyed stretches of 18-6 and 11-3, a total of 29-9, stretches that can only suggest playoff tickets should be printed right away. Now, with Thursday's  win over the Marlins, the Yankees are 2-0 in their last two games, hopefully the start of another good stretch. At 36-30 overall, the second place Yankees are right in the thick of a four team (for the moment) race in the AL East.

The Yankees did get a run in the first inning Thursday on three straight singles, the third of which was Alex Rodriguez career hit number 2998, an RBI single. The Yankees always seem to score in the first inning, but here is where the parade of stranded runners began. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded one out the Yanks couldn't score again, so they settled for a 1-0 lead. In the 2nd, Mason Williams hit a one out double but was stranded. By the 5th with the Yanks down 2-1, A-Rod singled for hit 2999, and Mark Teixeira doubled and both were left stranded.  In the bottom of the sixth, the Yankees were trailing 3-1 and suddenly began to figure things out.

They hit home runs. Brett Gardner's 2 run home run tied it in the 6th and Carlos Beltran was clutch
as well, with a two run dinger of his own in the 7th, and the Yankees never looked back. A four run 8th put the game out of reach. Maybe the rest of the season can follow the lead of Thursday night.

A couple of other notes:

Alex Rodriguez
It hasn't seemed like much of a countdown, but A-Rod's next hit will be number 3000. In contrast, I think the countdown to 3000 for Derek Jeter began around the time Jeter passed Lou Gehrig for the team lead in hits. A-Rod was walked on four pitches in his last at bat, which drew a chorus of boos.

Willie Randolph
Just before Saturday's game with Detroit, on Old Timer's Day, the Yankees will honor former second baseman and coach Willie Randolph with a plaque to be placed in Monument Park. Randolph is one of my favorite Yankees, in part because he is the one Yankees player closest to my age (he is a few weeks older than me) I have always been partial to players developed in the Yankees system. Willie actually started his career in the Pirates organization, but was traded to New York following a brief major league stint, which included an appearance in the NLCS with the Pirates. It just seems that Willie was always a Yankee. In fact the Yankees acquired Randolph on the same day they traded for Mickey Rivers and Ed Figueroa. Congrats to Willie Randolph on a well deserved honor.

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