- The Astros won. After the trade deadline, I said I would lead off every entry when they actually won with that, and do I look like someone who would break a promise?
– They beat the Giants, too.
- So, As/Yankees. Yeah.
– The As were going for the sweep against the Yankees, at Yankee Stadium. It looked like they’d get it, too, as they had a 7-1 lead by the end of the third inning.
— Russell Martin hit a solo home run in the fourth, but it was still just 7-2.
—- In the fifth, Robinson Cano hit a grand slam to cut it to 7-6.
—– And then things got crazy. Here is how the next couple of innings went:
- Bottom of the sixth: Craig Breslow pitching for the As, hits Curtis Granderson. Mark Teixeira lined out. Fautino de los Santos, who had gotten the win the night before with a ridiculously nasty relief outing, came in, and walked A-Rod. Wild pitch, Granderson to 3B and A-Rod to 2B. Robinson Cano strikes out. Nick Swisher intentionally walked. And yep, Russell Martin grand slam to put the Yankees ahead. Eduardo Nunez singled, knocking out De Los Santos for Jordan Norberto. Brett Gardner walked, and Derek Jeter got an infield single to raise his batting average to .300, something that would’ve seemed crazier earlier in the year – but Nunez was out at home trying to score.
- Bottom of the seventh: Granderson walks. Teixeira walks. A-Rod walks. Cano sac fly, scoring Granderson. Swisher walks. Norberto was pulled for Bruce Billings, who promptly allowed an RBI single to Martin, scoring Teixeira. Nunez hit into a fielder’s choice that scored A-Rod. Gardner walk. Jeter bases-loaded walk. Granderson single, scoring Nunez. ANOTHER bases-loaded walk, this time to Teixeira. A-Rod lineout, mercifully ending the inning for the As.
- Yes, this goes on. Bottom of the eighth: Francisco Cervelli singles. Swisher strikes out. Martin doubles. Nunez walk. Brett Gardner single, scoring Cervelli. Jeter strikeout. And Curtis Granderson followed with yet another grand slam. There have been nearly 200,000 baseball games played in history, and NEVER before has a team hit three grand slams in one game. The Yankees have hit two grand slams “only” four times in their history, the last in 1999. Brian Fuentes replaced Billings, and promptly gave up another home run to Andruw Jones. Eric Chavez grounded out, but the damage was done – all 22 runs of it.
- In the bottom of the ninth, Jorge Posada played second base. And of course, he made the last putout of the game. I don’t think I stopped laughing for about ten minutes, for real.
– Yes, Jorge Posada played second base in 2011 before he caught in 2011.
— Phil Hughes has faced the As twice this year, and his team scored 17 runs last time and 22 runs today. He didn’t stick around long enough to get the win either time.
—- Mark Teixeira somehow went 0-for-4 in all of this.
—– The Yankees walked twelve times in the fifth through seventh innings. Only three teams have walked that many times in a game all year.
—— and the Yankees had their biggest comeback in any game since this wackiness in 2006.
- Seriously, guys. Check this article and this one out, because there is so much to cover, and it is all completely insane.
– Basically, to sum it up as friend of the blog @Nebkreb did: the Braves/Cubs, Tigers/Rays, and Orioles/Twins all played day games today. Those six teams combined to score twenty runs in all those games. The Yankees scored 22 in eight innings.
- Oh, and both Henry Sosa and Wade Miley got their first career wins for Houston and Arizona, respectively. And Tyler Clippard gave up three runs in 0.2 innings. Today was weird.