ST. PETERBURG –
BRANDON McCARTHY (7-4 with a 3.93 ERA) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. DELLIN BETANCES and DAVID ROBERTSON, who got his 37th save, completed a five-hitter, and the YANKEES beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday night.
DEREK JETER ended an 0-for-28 slump that was the second-worst of his career. The retiring Yankees captain lined a single off Alex Cobb leading off the sixth inning. Jeter had an 0-for-32 stretch in April 2004. Jeter, who lives in nearby Tampa, went 1 for 4 and scored a run in his final game at Tropicana Field. He got a loud ovation from the announced crowd of 26,332 before grounding out in his last at-bat in the seventh.
“I’m one for my last two, guys,” Jeter said. “It felt good, man.” “It was good to see,” Girardi said.
CHASE HEADLEY and BRENDAN RYAN hit run-scoring doubles in the fifth that put the Yankees up 2-1. BRETT GARDNER hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the sixth that was caught by a leaping Wil Myers at the right-field wall.
Cobb (9-8 with 2.82 ERA) had his streak of allowing two runs or less in 12 consecutive starts – tied for third-best by an AL pitcher in 100 years – come to an end. He gave up three runs and four hits over six innings. Cobb hit CHRIS YOUNG on the lower back with a pitch leading off the fifth, but things remained calm. A day earlier, JETER was hit on the left hand by Steve Geltz in the eighth, then Yankees reliever DAVID PHELPS was ejected in the bottom half for throwing a tight pitch to Kevin Kiermaier. Six New York batters have hit by a Rays pitcher in the past week.
“It was the beginning of that inning where I did lose command,” Cobb said. “I just fell into a bad habit. It was myself not making proper adjustments. I heard the boos, but that’s just unknowledgeable baseball fans, if I dare go there.”
Evan Longoria hit a solo home run and had RBI grounder for the Rays. He has 46 RBIs in 56 games since the All-Star break.
( Recap & Quotes courtesy of MLB.com & ESPN.com )
Coach Bill’s COMMENTARY
***** In my view, Brandon McCarthy has become a “must sign” this Winter for a 3 – year deal. Not only because he has displayed top of the rotation STUFF/ Command, consistent length, and Poise since joining the Yankees (in what now is a pretty quality sample ). He also seems to be VERY comfortable in New York on the field, with the Media & off the Field.
***** In my view, DAVID ROBERTSON has become a “must sign” this Winter for a 3 – 4 year deal. In my view dellin betances could use at least One more year, before being ready to assume the role of “closer” . There is also NO assurances he would ‘thrive” in the role. Robertson has now proven he can do the job & do it very well ! Including doing it immediately replacing Mariano Rivera. He will only be more comfortable / experienced , confident moving forward. I also believe than in a couple years, if the Organization believes it IS time for Betances to take on the role of closer…you could then flip the two, and have Robertson as an Elite 8th inning guy with closer experience should anything happen to Betances (Huge security blanket ) . AND maybe most importantly, in MLB is is critical to have a big time back end of Bullpen. Resigning Robertson would almost assure the Yankees that for the next 3-4 years. They could then use a 1 or 2 potential options (highly regarded prospects ;Lindgren, Rumbelow,etc OR sign dominant Lefty Free Agent Andrew Miller) to create even more dominating length from 6th, 7th inning on.
****** As I have expressed for a while, it would be an ideal scenario for the Yankees, to be able to Resign CHASE HEADLEY in a multi – position backup role (3B & 1B ). All indications are that he is very happy, comfortable being a Yankee & living in NY. He is a rock solid clubhouse guy, Switch hitter, and Legit defensive 3B & solid enough 1B ( in reserve role.) . He becomes a lot more valuable, appreciated player in a multi position backup role…then as a light /mediocre hitting everyday 3B.
Ballgame over. Yankees win. (77-74)
Translation of Carlos Beltran‘s heartbreaking post on Facebook pic.twitter.com/r50IPpXnJg
That’s the 131st K for Betances this season, the most in a single season as a reliever in Yankee history.
Oh, and Betances also has a 1.34 ERA, a .76 WHIP, and did it in 20 fewer innings than Mariano. And he’s really, really tall.
I feel blessed to be able to break the record for most K’s as a Yankee reliever Ty guys for all the support I really appreciate it
@BMcCarthy32 is 5th Yankee with immaculate inning (9 pitches, 3 K). Others: Nova (2013), Burnett (2009), Guidry (1984), Al Downing (1967)
Brendan Ryan just notched first RBI since July (on a double), & has hits in 3 straight games. He’s actually outhit Drew in sept to take job.
Evan Longoria has 28 career HR vs Yankees, 4 more than any other player since his debut in 2008.
YANKEES : JETER starts his final homestand Thursday night. RHP SHANE GREENE (5-3 with a 3.56 ERA)
“I don’t really know,” Jeter said on what his final games at Yankee Stadium will be like. “I try not to anticipate anything. We’ll find out.”
Toronto : knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (13-12 with 3.84 ERA) is scheduled to get the start.