I can’t stand Fernando Rodney and that bow and arrow routine he does. I hate hotdogging. You never saw Mariano Rivera show up an opponent.
Which is why today’s 2-1 Yankees win was so sweet. Mark Teixeira sent a “Teix message”, HR #23 of the season (#386 of his career) off of Rodney in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and win the game. With the win, the Yanks go to 50-41 on the season and their AL East lead is increased to 4 games.
It was a pitcher’s duel between CC Sabathia and “King” Felix Hernandez of the Mariners. Seattle scored a run in the top of the fifth courtesy of two ex-Yankees farmhands, as Austin Jackson singled in Jesus Montero.
The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Carlos Beltran. Earlier in the day, Beltran was activated off the DL and Rob Refsnyder returned to AAA.
Then in the bottom of the eighth, Teix sent one further than any of Rodney’s imaginary arrows could go. Teix had three of the Yankees’ six hits in the game.
Sabathia 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 7 K. 5.25. Maybe the best game he’s pitched this year.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.65.
Betances (W 6-2, 1.47) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K.
Miller (20th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Update. A-Rod had a hit, and #3023 tied Lou Brock on the all-time list.