While we're still in the midst of the long and laborious All-Star break, I thought it would be fun to take a look at a random Yankees box score from a game in the past. I was also thinking about maybe turning this a weekly post. I would choose a game's box score to examine and then write about it, pointing out all of the key plays, stars of the game, etc. So I went to baseball reference, clicked on box scores and my eyes happened to focus on 1993. I figured it was 20 years ago (and if you read this blog regularly, you know how I am with round numbers, especially when it comes to anniversaries of any kind) so I picked that year. Then I decided, I might as well make it exactly 20 years ago and chose July 18, 1993.
And boy, did I luck out with this one.
The Yankees were facing the Oakland Athletics on a steamy Sunday night in the Bronx - it was scheduled at 8:06 p.m. and it was still 80 degrees at game time.
Here's what the Yankees boxscore looked like that night:
|Wade Boggs 3B||4||3||3||1||1||0||0.145||0.173|
|Dion James LF||5||1||2||1||0||0||0.157||0.262|
|Don Mattingly 1B||5||2||4||4||0||0||0.388||0.439|
|Danny Tartabull DH||5||2||2||2||0||1||0.122||0.161|
|Paul O'Neill RF||5||1||1||1||0||1||-0.025||0.060|
|Bernie Williams CF||4||1||1||0||1||1||-0.005||0.034|
|Mike Stanley C||5||1||2||4||0||1||0.001||0.044|
|Mike Gallego 2B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0.049||0.093|
|Spike Owen SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||-0.144||0.000|
As you can see, the Yankees scored a lot in this game but how they did it was pretty amazing.
Stars of the game:
Don Mattingly was the main star of the game going 4-5 with four RBI and a home run. Wade Boggs was right behind him finishing 3-4 and Dion James, Danny Tartabull, Mike Stanley and Mike Gallego all finished with two hits each. Stanley hit a bit home run that you will read about soon enough. I don't want to give too much away.
What makes this game stand out:
This game was 4-3 with the advantage going to the Athletics heading into the bottom of the seventh and then, all hell broke loose.
The inning started with a single by Mike Gallego off Ed Nunez. Spike Owen flied out for the first out of the inning and then Wade Boggs drew a walk. Dion James singled to right field, scoring Gallego and the Yankee tied the game at four.
Former Yankee and Hall of Famer Goose Gossage then entered the game for the A's and well, it didn't go very swimmingly for him. In fact, it was dreadful.
He immediately gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Danny Tartabull and Paul O'Neill, then intentionally walked Bernie Williams to load the bases for Mike Stanley who took a 2-0 pitch and deposited it deep into the right field stands giving the Yankees an 11-4 lead.
And they weren't done.
After finally getting the second out - Gallego hit into a 5-3 putout - Gossage then gave up a double to Owen who had led off the inning. Boggs came up and he joined the RBI party by hitting a single and scoring Owen.
James hit another single - his second of the inning - and he came home when Mattingly hit his second RBI single of the inning to put the Yankees up 13-4.
Mercifully, Tartabull found it in his heart to strike out swinging to end the inning and to end Gossage's misery.
When it was all over, the Yankees scored 10 runs on 10 hits in that seventh inning with six of them coming off of Gossage in two-thirds of an inning.
The A's tacked on two runs but the game ended with the Yankees on top 13-6.
Some other notes from the game:
- Steve Howe picked up the win because he was the lucky one to come in after that 10-run seventh inning.
- Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Ruben Sierra, and Mike Aldrete are all former Yankees.
- The Yankees were 8-12 with runners in scoring position.
I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Feel free to leave a random year in the comments and who knows? Maybe I'll choose the year you suggest.