Yesterday’s Yankees game against the Texas Rangers was one for the ages. In fact, it’s possible the game last night could be considered a Yankees Classic. But while it was exciting and extremely lopsided, it was also bizarre on so many levels. It even left me with the impression that someone changed the difficulty setting from ‘all-star’ to ‘rookie’ like in the MLB: The Show video games. So what were a few outrageous moments that completely stood out during yesterday’s contest?
— Jacoby Ellsbury reached base twice on a catchers interference–by two different catchers. Well, if you’re going to get on base, that’s one way to do it.
— Chris Young was unstoppable during yesterday’s contest, but he found his kryptonite when he struck out against Adam Rosales (a position player) in the ninth inning. Overall, Young had a good day and the most embarrassing part of his season still has to be striking out against the pitching machine in Spring Training.
— Chris Capuano gave up five runs on three hits while only retiring two batters. Afterwards, the Yankees scored 21 unanswered runs and the Rangers were hit-less for the next eight innings. So if you take out the first inning, Yankees pitching would have thrown a no-hitter.
— Brett Gardner reached base six times last night on three walks and three hits including a home run off Adam Rosales. Gardner is the second player in the American League to hit a home run off Rosales this season, the first being Danny Valencia of the Toronto Blue Jays. But don’t think Rosales looked mismatched; he topped out at 93 MPH on his fastball.
Gardner is the first player to record three walks and three hits in a nine inning game since Don Mattingly on June 17, 1985.
— It’s the first time in history that the Yankees have scored 21 unanswered runs against a team while Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels was out of the starting lineup with an injury in a different city. Okay, this isn’t really a stat, but it was something I noticed and I thought it was interesting. Besides, everything’s a stat nowadays. Why can’t Mike Trout be one?