The Yanks won 3-2 Wednesday night as Derek Jeter finally got hit #3451. Before the hit, Jeter was in an 0 for 28 skid.
Brandon McCarthy (W, 10-14, overall ERA 3.93; 7-4 as a Yankee, ERA 2.54 (great pickup) ) went 7, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Dellin Betances set a new mark for strikeouts by a Yankees’ reliever, surpassing the 130 Mariano Rivera set in 1996 when Mo set up John Wetteland.
Betances, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.33.
David Robertson got his 37th save, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.88.
Chase Headley and Brendan Ryan both made excellent defensive plays and had RBI doubles in the game in the fifth inning. I can see the Yanks bringing back Headley (who is a free agent) to play 3B next year, with Prado at 2B. Refsnyder may begin the year at AAA. As for Pirela, he could become a free agent and the Yanks could lose him. If Headley is at 3B (and backing up at 1B) A-Rod (remember him?) mostly DHs. Remember A-Rod would be coming back after missing all of 2014, playing only 44 games in 2013 and off of two hip surgeries. The only thing is, if A-Rod DH’s, (he turns 40 in July 2015), then the 38 year old Beltran MUST be healthy enough to play RF and not have to DH.
Brett Gardner just missed a grand slam in the sixth, but did get as SF that proved to be the winning run.
The Rays got a run in the fourth on an Evan Longoria HR before the Yanks two runs in the fifth. They also got another run in the sixth after the Yanks had gone up 3-1.
McCarthy had an “immaculate inning” in the 7th. 3 up, 3 down, all by K and on 9 pitches. Other Yanks to do it were Al Downing in 1967, Ron Guidry in 1984, A.J. Burnett in 2009 and Ivan Nova last year.
The Yanks only had four hits in the game, but improved to 77-74. With the win they moved into a tie for 2nd in the AL East with Toronto. But as far as that final wild card spot goes, they are six back with 11 games to play and need to jump four teams.
Carlos Beltran left the team. Sympathies to him and his family for losing an unborn son.