Game 101: TEX vs. NYY — Kicking off HoF weekend with a win

Brandon McCarthy got the start for today’s matinée game, the last of the 4-game series against the Rangers. And McCarthy proved himself again to be a good selection. He threw 109 pitches in 6 innings, allowing just 4 hits, 1 run, and 2 walks, and striking out 5 batters. The Rangers really had a hard time cobbling together much more than a few base runners here and there against him, but managed to eke out quite a few foul balls, meaning they were able to make contact just not solid enough to make much of a dent. The 3rd inning was clearly McCarthy’s weakest, where he allowed 3 of the 4 hits with 2 outs on the board; one of those hits was an RBI single to get the Rangers on the board.

The Yankees started in on the Rangers’ starter in the 4th inning. Brett Gardner led-off with a double and then scored on Chase Headley’s 2-out single to tie up the game. Then in the 5th, Ichiro, on base with a walk, scored on Francisco Cervelli’s double. (Worth noting: Cervelli is currently on a 6-game hitting streak.) Cervelli would go on to score on Gardner’s sacrifice fly pushing the score to 3-1 Yankees.

Adam Warren came on in the 7th to relieve McCarthy and promptly gave up a solo home run. He and Thornton split that innings, and it was turned over to Betances for a 9-pitch 8th inning to keep the Rangers down and the Yankees firmly in their lead (3-2 Yankees).

Fortunately, Brian McCann’s RBI double to score Beltran in the bottom of the 8th inning allowed for a bit of a cushion lead, so Robertson’s 25th save in the 9th was clearly successful. The Yankees (and McCarthy) walked away with the win today. And the Yankees also took the series against the Rangers overall 3-1.

In the standings, the Yankees are 2.5 games behind Baltimore (though that number will change after the O’s finish their game in Seattle tonight), tied for 2nd in the AL East with Toronto. Oh, look who they’re playing this weekend… so I’m guessing that 2nd place will be all sorted out after Sunday.

Also, if you’re a big Hall of Fame, all the festivities for the 2014 induction class began in Cooperstown today and will continue through the weekend, with the official ceremony being held (and broadcast live on MLB Network) on Sunday. Because the great Yankee skipper Joe Torre is part of the festivities this year as an inductee himself, I will not only be following closely, but also posting whatever fun tidbits during this weekend.

I am sad to admit that I have yet to visit Cooperstown myself. But I do hope to go someday soon. If you ever find yourself lost in New York state, take a journey over to the Hall of Fame. This year marks its 75th anniversary. Maybe I’ll make my visit the topic of a future post. I mean, after all, let’s face reality here: there are currently 39 Yankees in the Hall of Fame (Torre will make 40), which is a good chunk of the inductees (including players and managers, but not including owners, reporters, umpires, and other specially inducted members).

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