Carlos Beltran drove in five runs, including a grand slam, in the Yanks’ 10-6 win over Cleveland Friday night.
Beltran has been heating up lately. For most of the season, he was hitting in the .220s. He is now up to .251. The team OPS+ is still sub-par, but it has improved to 97. Tiny increments of improvement.
The Yankees used two five-run innings to obtain their victory. After Cleveland got a run in the top of the first, the Yanks bounced back with five in the bottom of the first. One of the hits was by Derek Jeter, and that hit enabled Jeter to tie Honus Wagner on the all-time list with 3430.
After Jeter’s hit, Ellsbury walked and Beltran singled in a run. McCann walked to load the bases and Headley walked to force in a run. Drew and Prado singled in runs and a fifth run scored when an error was made after Prado’s hit.
Esmiel Rogers went five innings for the Yanks (W, 2-0, 5.16 overall), 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Cleveland got a run off of David Huff in the sixth to make it 5-2, but the Yanks scored five in the bottom of the sixth.
Beltran’s grand slam (HR #14 for the season, #372 career) made it 9-2. Cervelli doubled, Headley was HBP and a force out and error (Cleveland’s defense is terrible) brought up another run.
The Yankees’ bullpen got a bit sloppy, and a 10-2 game became a 10-6 final.
Huff 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Overall ERA 3.94 (2-0, 2.10 as NYY)
Kelley 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.17.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.12.
Hill 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 13.50.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.44.
Jeter wasn’t able to pass “The Flying Dutchman” with hit #3431 last night. Maybe he does it today (Saturday). Today’s game will feature a tribute to ex-Yankee OF and current broadcaster Paul O’Neill as the Yanks honor him with a plaque in Monument Park. Earlier this year, the Yanks honored Goose Gossage and Tino Martinez with plaques. On August 23rd, Joe Torre’s #6 will be retired. The Yanks will be honoring Bernie Williams next year.
No word yet on Pettitte or Posada. I’ll be at the Stadium September 7th for Derek Jeter Day and who knows what the Yanks will do then? You know #2 will be retired, but when?
Cervelli replaced McCann (concussion) and went 2 for 2. McCann is day-to-day.
Michael Pineda could be back with the Yanks soon. More in the minor league report.
The win puts the Yanks at 61-54 (the first time all year they are seven over .500) and puts them in 2nd place in the AL East, five behind the Baltimore Orioles. Of the Yanks’ last 45 games, ten are against the O’s. As of right now, the final WC slot belongs to KC (yes, KC, who haven’t made the postseason since winning the 1985 WS). The Yanks and Seattle are both 1/2 behind KC with Toronto 1 1/2 back. It promises to be a wild ride.