Game 109. Castro slams Indians, 13-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Starlin Castro’s grand slam was the key blow in a 13-7 Yankees’ win over Cleveland that put the Yanks at 55-54 on the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits.

In the first inning, the Yanks got a run on an RBI groundout by McCann. Earlier that inning, Mark Teixeira got a nice ovation and doubled. Earlier in the day, Teixeira announced that this would be his last year. Thoughts on that at the end of this report.

In the third, McCann doubled in a run, and then, after the Indians issued an intentional walk to Headley to load the bases, Castro hit his grand slam, his 12th HR of the year, to make it 6-0.

Michael Pineda gave up a 3-run HR in the fifth, but Gary Sanchez’ first MLB RBI, on a double, made it 7-3 Yanks after five.

An RBI single by Headley and a bases loaded walk to Sanchez upped the lead to 9-3 in the sixth.

After the Indians got a run in the seventh, Aaron Hicks homered (4) and Ellsbury got an RBI single to make it 11-4 after seven.

Cleveland scored three in the eighth, but Brett Gardner insured the win in the bottom of the eighth with a 2-run single.

Pineda (w, 6-10, 5.17) 6+ IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Bleier 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.38
Clippard 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.28 (AZ/NYY ERA)
Barbato 0 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 7.62. Faced 4 batters, gave up 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 runs.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 5.05 (Cubs/NYY ERA)
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 4.10

Now on Teixeira’s retirement announcement:

Teixeira’s 8 years with the Yanks was good and bad.I have mixed feelings about it.

The good: WS Champ in 2009, a season where he led the AL in HR, RBI and Total bases and finished 2nd in MVP voting. 201 of his 404 HR (so far) were with the Yanks, putting him in select company as to who hit 200 or more as a Yankee. 4 years of 30+ HR with the Yanks, 3 years of 100+ RBI. 3 Gold Glove Awards. Led AL in runs scored in 2010. 2x All-Star as a Yankee.

The bad: After hitting .292 in 2009, he hit .240 2010-2016 (so far). He hasn’t hit over .260 since that first season with the team. He has not played in 130 games in a season since 2011. Only played in 15 games in 2013.  So his record with the Yanks is one great year of 2009, then spotty thereafter.

Hard to say where he ranks as a Yankees 1B. Gehrig, obviously, is and always will be #1. After that, you have, in no particular order, Mattingly, Tino, Chambliss, Skowron, Giambi, Teix, Pipp, Pepitone… Teix was better defensively than all but Mattingly. Even Hal Chase, who many would say was fixing games, is in there.

.269, 404 HR as of now.8 years in a row of 30/100. 5 Gold Gloves. 2x Top 10 for MVP. MVP consideration in 7 different seasons. Only Mantle, Murray, Chipper Jones and Beltran have more HR as a switch-hitter. 127 OPS+ .   HOF? I think he falls short. His 162 g. average is .269-36-114, damned good. Baseball Reference has him #28 among first basemen all-time (Gehrig is #1).

Not a HOF career in my eyes, but a damned fine one. All the best, Teix.

Now to see Greg Bird and Tyler Austin battle for the job next year.

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