The Yanks won their third in a row today, 4-2, and in the process, A-Rod established a new milestone.
The win puts the Yanks at 25-22, and opens a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.
Michael Pineda gave up a HR in the top of the first, but then settled in. In the bottom of the second, Brian McCann tied it up with a solo HR (6).
In the third, A-Rod hit his eleventh HR of the season, #665* career, to put the Yanks up 4-1.
According to Major League baseball, his 3 RBI on the HR made him the all-time AL RBI King. But here is where it gets interesting.
The RBI became an official stat in 1920. Which means MLB does NOT recognize some 220+ RBI that Babe Ruth had from 1914-1919. Which is funny. They DO recognize the home runs he hit during that time. Um…. he did drive himself home at least, didn’t he?
So let’s do a table. On the left is what Baseball Reference (which I think is more reliable) recognizes, and on the right is what MLB lists. You’ll see discrepancies.
Hank Aaron 2297 Hank Aaron 2297
Babe Ruth 2214 Babe Ruth 1992 (they don’t count 1914-1919)
Cap Anson 2075 —- Anson played from 1871-1897, so none of his RBI came before it was an official stat.
Barry Bonds 1996 Barry Bonds 1996
A-Rod 1995 A-Rod 1995
Lou Gehrig 1995 Lou Gehrig 1993
—– Babe Ruth 1992 (see above)
So, according to Major League baseball, A-Rod’s 1995 rank him 3rd all-time, and the all-time AL leader.
There is a discrepancy of 2 RBI between baseball reference and MLB regarding Lou Gehrig, and as you can see, they do not recognize Anson, or some 220+ of Babe’s RBI.
Anyway, A-Rod is 5 away from 2000, and his two hits today put him at 2981, just 19 short of 3000.
But that RBI total comes with an asterisk—- and this one is apart from any associated with PED usage.
The Yanks gave up an unearned run late in the game.
The pitching line:
Pineda 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 8 K. (W, 6-2, 3.36)
Carpenter 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. One batter, gave up a hit. 5.19
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.40.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED), 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP (14th save) 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.84.