Alex Rodriguez is one hit away. His two hits tonight put him at 2999 for his career as the Yanks won 9-4 over the Marlins to stay one game out of first place in the AL East.
A-Rod’s first hit put the Yanks up 1-0 in the first inning. CC Sabathia retired the first nine batters but gave up a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth. One of those runs was Giancarlo Stanton’s 25th HR of the season.
It looked like the Yanks wasted a golden opportunity in the fifth when A-Rod singled with one out, was doubled to third by Teixeira but then both were stranded when McCann struck out and Beltran popped up.
But in the bottom of the sixth, Brett Gardner tied the game with a two-run HR (6). Good to see. Gardner has been in a slump recently. In the bottom of the seventh, Beltran made up for his popup by putting the Yanks up 5-3 with a two-run HR (5). It was #378 of Beltran’s career.
The Yanks broke it open in the eighth. Headley and A-Rod walked. After an out, McCann singled in a run. A wild pitch scored another. Young doubled in a third. After a Gregorius single, Drew hit a SF.
After a slow start to the season, McCann’s three hits have his batting average up to .270. Also good to see rookie Mason Williams settling in with two hits tonight.
I still wonder how Capps for the Marlins gets away with his delivery. I have to ask an umpire friend of mine about its illegality.
The Yanks are now 36-30, with the Tigers in this weekend and then the Phillies Mon-Wed.
Sabathia 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 7 K. 5.31
Shreve (W, 4-1, 1.95) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk and 1 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.33
Martin 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 5.63