A-Rod drove in five runs, the Yanks hit five HR, and Nathan Eovaldi bounced back from a poor performance last time out as the Yanks trounced the Tigers 14-3. The win keeps the Yanks one game behind Tampa Bay for the top spot in the AL East. The Yanks are 38-30.
Before the game, it was Old-Timer’s Day, and as expected, the Yanks honored long-time second baseman and later coach Willie Randolph with a monument park plaque. Then came a surprise. For Randolph wasn’t the only ex-Yankee great who wore #30 to be honored. The Yanks also honored former pitcher and coach Mel Stottlemyre with a plaque as well. It was touching, and no one knew about it. Stottlemyre has been battling cancer.
As for the game, the Yanks made it a rout early. They got one in the first on a triple by Gardner and a fielder’s choice grounder (RBI) by A-Rod that wound up becoming an error.
In the second, Didi Gregorius homered for the second consecutive game (4) and A-Rod tacked on a SF to make it 3-0.
The Yanks broke it open in the third with five runs. Carlos Beltran hit the first of his two HR for the game, Headley singled in a run and A-Rod capped it off with a HR. Hit #3001 and HR #668 (#14 on the season) was a three-run blast. Alex got hit #3002 later in the game.
Nathan Eovaldi started on just three days rest to give everybody else an extra day of rest. The last time out, Eovaldi threw just 36 pitches, lasted just 2/3 of an inning and gave up 8 runs. This time, 6 IP, 2 R before yielding to rookie Bryan Mitchell, just called up from AAA. Mitchell went three innings and gave up 1 run in his first Yankees’ outing of this season. Nice bounceback effort by Eovaldi, and yes, Mitchell, because he went three innings, gets a save despite the lopsided score.
In the fourth, Beltran hit his second HR of the game and seventh of the season to make it 9-0. Beltran now has 380 HR for his career, one behind Teixeira. Chris Young had an RBI single later in the inning to make it 10-0.
The Yanks weren’t done. In the fifth, McCann had an RBI single, Beltran was HBP with the bases loaded, and Gregorius had an RBI groundout. 13-0.
Detroit got three in the top of the seventh before Chris Young closed out the scoring in the bottom of the 8th with his 8th HR of the season. 14-3.
Eovaldi (W 6-2, 4.95) 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Mitchell (1st save) 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
The Yanks pounded out 18 hits, five HR. Gardner had 3 hits and is back on track, raising his average 20 points over the past few days. A-Rod had 2 hits and 5 rbi. Beltran 2 HR and 3 RBI. Gregorius 2 RBI. Young had 3 hits and 2 RBI.
The Yanks go for the sweep Sunday afternoon with Tanaka on the hill. Then the Phillies come in for three games.