Alex Rodriguez's 689th home run not only snapped an 0-19 skid, but it helped the Yankees win today's game, stave off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners and it helped avoid an overall five-game losing streak.
Other good stuff from today's much needed win:
- Masahiro Tanaka became the first Yankees starter this season to pitch through the seventh inning. Coming into today's game only the Yankees, Reds, and Marlins were among that elite club of ineptitude. Tanaka gave up three runs on six hits in those seven innings and he also struck out six. Another good sign from Tanaka was that he was reaching 94 on the radar gun. Velocity issues? What velocity issues?
- Dellin Betances came into the game in the eighth inning and struck out the side. He's done that in each of his last four appearances.
- Andrew Miller came into the game to close and boy did he ever. He also struck out the side. This is what their last nine innings look like: 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 23 K which works out to a 22.5 (Betances) and 21.6 (Miller) K/9. Can you imagine what the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings will look like once Aroldis Chapman joins the team?
One bad thing: The Yankees were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position this afternoon. But hey, it's better than having an 0fer, I guess.
Another bad thing: Jacoby Ellsbury's misplay in the fifth on Norichika Aoki's triple which led to Seth Smith tying the game on a single. This is not the first time that a Ellsbury misplay in the outfield has hurt the Yankees, but thankfully, they scored in the sixth and ended up winning the game.
The Yankees get to enjoy today's win with an off day tomorrow before welcoming the Oakland A's to the Stadium for a three-game series that starts Tuesday night.