Monday, July 16, 2012
The Series in Yankeemetrics (July 13-15)
US PresswireSWEEPLESS IN THE BRONX
Russell Martin had the game-winning hit in the eighth inning on Friday night.
The Yankees failed to sweep the Angels thanks to a 10-8 loss on Sunday. The Yankees hit four homers for the sixth time this season and lost for the second time in those six games.
The only other seasons the Yankees had two losses when hitting four homers were 1960, 1996 and 2005.
Although the Yankees lost, they extended their streak of scoring at least three runs to 39 straight games, setting the record for the longest single-season streak by any Yankee team. The only longer streak by the Yankees is 49 games, spanning the 1950-51 seasons, according to Elias.
RIDICULOUS YANKEEMETRIC OF WEEK
Alex Rodriguez had a chance to win Sunday’s game when he came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs and the Yankees down 10-8, but he popped out to end the game. Sound familiar?
Wrong. This was the first time Rodriguez made a game-ending out with the bases loaded since joining the Yankees in 2004.
EVERYONE’S FAVORITE MARTIN
The Yankees opened the second half of the season with a 6-5 comeback win against the Angels. Russell Martin, who entered the game with a .179 batting average which was the worst ever by a Yankee at the All-Star break, had the game-winning hit in the eighth inning.
The only other Yankee catchers with a go-ahead hit in the eighth inning or later against the Angels were Yogi Berra (1962), Elston Howard (1963, 1964, 1966) and Jorge Posada (2009).
Mark Teixeira had five RBI and two homers, including a game-tying three-run shot in the eighth inning.
Since 1950, three other Yankee first baseman have hit a game-tying homer with the team trailing by at least three runs: Eddie Robinson (1955), Don Mattingly (1984), Tino Martinez (1998).
THREE TIMES A CHARM
The Yankees 5-3 win over the Angels Saturday was their third straight win against the Halos. It’s the first time they’ve won three in a row against the Angels in a single season since a four-game win streak in 2003.
Rafael Soriano recorded his third perfect save in July, striking out two of the three Angels. He went to a two-ball count just once and retired all three batters in two-strike counts. After getting Erick Aybar out, lefties are now hitless with five strikeouts in 10 at-bats against him this month.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
On Saturday, Mike Trout became the first opposing player aged 20 or younger to have at least three hits and a stolen base at Yankee Stadium, according to Elias.
He had three multi-hit games in the series, becoming the first opposing player that young to have at least two hits in each game of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
On Friday Mark Trumbo homered in his fifth straight game against the Yankees, matching the longest such streak all-time, done previously by Harold Baines (1984-85) and Albert Belle (1994).
Trumbo finished with six homers in eight games against the Yankees this season. He matched the Angels record for most homers in a season versus the Yankees, shared by Lee Thomas (1962) and Brian Downing (1988).