Monday, July 2, 2012
Series in Yankeemetrics (June 28-July 1)
US PresswireRIDICULOUS GAME OF THE SERIES
Robinson Cano is congratulated by his Yankee teammates during their 4-2 win Sunday.
The Yankees' 14-7 loss to the White Sox on Friday was a disaster in so many ways (all of the following are in the Live Ball Era, via baseball-reference.com):
• It was the second time the Yankees have allowed at least 14 runs and four homers versus the White Sox. The other game was in 1930.
• This was the third home game the Yankees allowed at least four homers and five doubles. The others were in 2006 (Rays) and 2009 (Indians).
• Dewayne Wise became the first Yankee position player to pitch since Nick Swisher in 2009, and the first to not allow a baserunner since Alvaro Espinoza in 1991 (thanks, Elias).
• Cory Wade allowed four doubles; only one Yankee reliever allowed more doubles in a game: Art Schallock in 1953.
And finally ... Adam Warren (2⅓ IP, 6 R, 8 H) became the first Yankee to make his MLB debut as a starter, and allow at least six runs and eight-or-more hits in fewer than three innings pitched.
The Yankees earned a split with the White Sox after taking the series finale 4-2. Robinson Cano hit his 20th home run of the season, matching Joe Gordon for the most 20-homer seasons by a Yankee second baseman with four.
Cano also extended his streak of at least one RBI against the White Sox to 11 games, which is the second-longest such streak by a Yankee behind Ben Chapman, who had a 13-game streak from 1930-31.
Phil Hughes (8 IP, 2 R) went to his curveball often, throwing a career-high 32 curves, including 20 in the lower third of the zone or below. The White Sox were 1-for-7 in at-bats ending in a hook to that location.
In Saturday's 4-0 win, three Yankees went deep for the team’s 40th multi-homer game of the season. Only one major-league team reached 40 multi-homer games quicker than the 77 games it took the Yankees: the 2000 Cardinals (72 games).
Hiroki Kuroda (7 IP, 0 R, 11 K) showcased a nasty slider, with seven of his 11 strikeouts coming on the pitch. Thirty-three of his 38 sliders were on the outer third of the plate or further away, where he got each of those seven strikeouts. He got the White Sox to whiff on 12 sliders, matching his most whiffs on the pitch since 2009.
The Yankees led 3-1 entering the final frame on Thursday night but fell apart, with David Robertson allowing the game-winning three-run homer in a 4-3 loss.
The last White Sox to hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium was Robin Ventura, who took John Hayban deep on June 26, 1992.
The last White Sox with a multi-run homer in that situation was Tommy Byrne, who hit a game-winning grand slam off Ewell Blackwell in 1953.
Ivan Nova (7⅓ IP, 1 R) now has four straight starts with one run or fewer allowed and at least five innings pitched against the White Sox, becoming the first Yankee to do that since Whitey Ford in 1965.