130 years ago today, France gifted the city of New York with a beautiful copper statue as a symbol of our alliance forged less than a half-century prior in both countries’ struggles to break free of a monarchy. After New Yorkers raised the money (after a delay due to a recession and then loss of interest) and plunked that beautiful copper statue in the middle of New York Harbor about a year later where it slowly turned green due to the salt water and extreme weather and became a symbol of freedom for the millions of immigrants sailing to the “New World” for a new life. (Actually, the entire story is really fascinating, so look it up if you’re interested.)
Not that any of that has to do with the game, but it’s a fun random trivia fact. And it does have to do with New York, and I’m always looking for a good opening.
After a rather disappointing trip to Miami, the Yankees were back home to face Miami in the second half of this oddly split series. And they needed this win.
Michael Pineda was sent in to start tonight’s game. And he really showed his stuff off for the over 40,000 fans under the beautiful crisp early summer evening sky. 100 pitches thrown over his 6.2 innings, Pineda didn’t allow a single runner until a walk in the 4th and then another in the 5th. But then the lead-off batter in the 7th hit a big solo home run for the Marlins’ lone run this game. But what was rather impressive about Pineda’s outing tonight was the 9 strike outs. And they were really good.
Once Pineda hit that triple-digit mark, Chasen Shreve was called on to finished the 7th for Pineda, getting the final out. Then, in was onto Justin Wilson for the first out of the 8th before calling on Dellin Betances for a 5-out save. In total, the Yankees’ pitchers struck out the Marlins’ batters 12 times tonight.
Now, the Yankees did some hitting, not a lot but some — 7 total hits. In the 1st inning, with 1 out, Headley was hit by a pitch, went to 2nd on a ground out, and then scored on Alex Rodriguez’s single. Then in the 5th, with 1 out (sound familiar?), Headley singled and moved to 2nd on Rodriguez’s 2-out single. Jones walked, which loaded the bases, and then Carlos Beltran singled home Headley just before Rodriguez was tagged out trying to score the 3rd run.
Yes, Chase Headley scored both Yankee runs.
Of course, the most interesting moment of the game came in the 8th inning. With 2 runners on base, a batter hit the ball to the shallow infield and Jones (at 1st) threw the ball home to catch the runner trying to tie up the game for the Marlins. McCann tagged the sliding runner, which was initially called safe. The Yankees challenged it, they reviewed the play just a few blocks away at MLB HQ in Manhattan, and the play was overturned. Out! No run scored. Everyone in Yankees Universe breathed a bit easier.
Final score: 2-1 Yankees.
Roster Moves: Before the game, the Yankees called up LHP Jose DePaula for a fresh arm in the bullpen and optioned Jose Ramirez to AAA in his place.
One more game against the Marlins tomorrow night before a big weekend in the Bronx facing the Tigers, hosting Willie Randolph Day, and the annual Old Timers’ Day. Oh, and honor dad across the league and America on Sunday.