Saturday, July 19, 2014
First Game of Second Half? Not Seventh Heaven, But a Win
For such a significant game, manager Joe Girardi started David Phelps. It was hard to drum up much enthusiasm for this, as Phelps has been inconsistent.
But Phelps got the job done, pitching into the 7th inning, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, just 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts. All-Star Dellin Betances pitched a perfect inning and 2/3, and David Robertson pitched a scorless 9th.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit his 7th home run of the season. Brian McCann, who really needs to start hitting, had an RBI double. Carlos Beltran, who's been an injury waste thus far, had 2 hits, including an RBI single.
Yankees 4, Reds 3. WP: Phelps (4-4). SV: Robertson (24). LP: Mike Leake (7-8).
And the Oakland Athletics had a walkoff win against the Baltimore Orioles last night, cutting the O's lead over the Yanks to 4 games with 67 to play.
Yes, this can be done.
The series continues this afternoon, with Brandon McCarthy making his 2nd Yankee start, against Alfredo Simon.