I was a bit concerned when the Yanks brought Andrew Miller off the DL after just one rehab outing of one inning. I thought he needed a few more outings. My concerns were justified as Miller almost blew a 5-2 9th inning lead last night. Almost. Thankfully the Yanks held on to win 5-4 over the A’s and with the win, increased their AL East lead to 2 1/2 games.
Orioles 43-42 – 2 1/2
Blue Jays 44-43 – 2 1/2
Rays 43-44 -3 1/2
Red Sox 41-45 -5
It was the Mark Teixeira show last night as Teix hit 2 HR and made a number of great defensive plays in the game.
After CC gave up 2 in the top of the second, a Didi Gregorius RBI double cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second.
The Yanks went up 3-2 in the fourth on Teix’s first HR of the game (21) and a SF by Jose Pirela.
Teix’s second HR of the game (22) made it 4-2 in the sixth. The two HRs jumped Teix from 383 to 385 career, and here is a sample of where he is on the all-time list.
390 Graig Nettles
389 Johnny Bench
385 Dwight Evans and Mark Teixeira
384 Harold Baines
383 Larry Walker
Stephen Drew made it 5-2 in the 8th with his 12th HR of the season. Drew is having a strange year. He is hitting just .179, has just 43 hits, but 12 are HR and 23 of the 43 are for extra bases.
Miller gave up a 2-run HR in the ninth to cut it to 5-4, and a two-0ut, two-base error by Petit put the tying run on second before Miller got the final out of the game.
Sabathia (W, 4-8, 5.47) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Mitchell 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.24
Wilson 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.87
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.61
Miller (18th save) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.65
Before the game, Ramon Flores and Nick Rumbelow were sent down to make room for Ellsbury and Miller to return.