New York Yankees: Wil Myers

Yankees, Wells, Rivera hit right numbers

June, 22, 2013
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Five has turned out to be the magic number for the Yankees for the last two seasons.

The Yankees have now won their last 37 games when scoring at least 5 runs dating back to September of last season (including 24 this year). That is tied for the fourth-longest such streak in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) by an AL team.

The last time the Yankees had a longer streak in 1961-1962 when they won 40 straight games in which they scored five or more runs. The Yankees won the World Series in each of those seasons.

What else was statistically notable from this game?

•  Zoilo Almonte had his second straight nice game, with three RBI. Almonte now has four hits and four RBI in his first two career starts.

The Elias Sports Bureau notes that he's the third player in Yankees history with at least four hits and four RBI in his first two starts. The others: Yankees legend Lou Gehrig (1923) and oft-forgotten prospect Brian Dayett (1983).

•  The Wil Myers grand slam had a lot of nifty statistical components to it. Rays PR was quick to point out that at age 22, he was the youngest to hit a grand slam in Yankee Stadium since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1991.

Elias also chimed in with Myers being the first whose first career homer was a grand slam at Yankee Stadium since Hideki Matsui in 2003.

•  The Bureau also noted that of the five times in which a player has hit his first grand slam against a Cy Young Award winner, four of the pitchers involved were either Yankees or Mets.

The other Yankees-related instance came in 1960 when Senators pitcher Camilo Pascual homered against Yankees former Cy Young winner Bob Turley.

•  The go-ahead hit by Vernon Wells was his first extra-base hit since May 31. it was the second pinch-hit of the season for Wells, who entered 2013 with two career pinch-hits.

Wells' game-winning double in the 7th inning was off a 96-mph fastball. Prior to that hit, was hitless in his last 12 at-bats ending in a fastball of 95+ mph and didn't have a hit on pitch like that since April 27.

•  Lastly, Mariano Rivera closed out the game with his 634th career save.

To put that total in historical perspective consider this: It's the same number of saves as Hall-of-Famer Dennis Eckersley (390) and star-of-the-80s Dan Quisenberry (244) combined for in their careers.

Rivera is now 27-for-27 in save chances against the Rays at home for his career. His 26 saves this season are his second-most by June 22 in his career. He had 27 in 2004.

Katie Sharp, Mark Simon, John Fisher and Scott Beaman compiled the information for this post

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