Alex Rodriguez hit HR #661*, passing Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time HR list as the Yanks beat Baltimore 4-3 Thursday night.
The Orioles scored in the top of the first on a HR by Jimmy Paredes but the Yanks came back with two on an A-Rod SF and an RBI single by Teixeira. On A-Rod’s SF, it looked like that may be the HR that would pass Mays on the all-time HR list but he was robbed of the HR.
Baltimore tied the game in the third on a Caleb Joseph HR. The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third on A-Rod’s historic HR.
Joseph tied the game for Baltimore in the top of the fifth but the Yanks got the game-deciding run in the bottom of that inning on an RBI double by Teixeira.
Ellsbury’s two hits raised him to .363. Gardner’s two hits put him at .318. You can’t ask two guys to set the table better than that. A-Rod’s 2 RBI and Teixeira’s two meant the ballgame. Yeah, A-Rod is at .245, Teix at .223, but they have 18 and 25 RBI respectively. That is the key.
A-Rod’s two hits put him at 2962. His two RBI put him at 1987.
The pitching line:
Eovaldi (W, 3-0, 3.97) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 2.79.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.
Miller (12th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00.
Check out the ERAs of Betances and Miller. Your setup man and closer both have ERAs of 0.00 as of May 8th.
Reggie Jackson, a special advisor to the Yanks, raves about Jose Pirela and AA minor league OF Aaron Judge. So for those of you unhappy with Stephen Drew and/or Carlos Beltran right now, take heart.
The win puts the Yanks at 18-11 on the season.
More good news, Masahiro Tanaka started some rehab by soft tossing from 60 feet with no issues.