Yesterday was a beautiful early "autumn in New York" afternoon. But it was not an afternoon game. It didn't start until after 8 PM to accommodate a cable television network (ESPN), which had just distanced itself from the erupting gambling scandal of "fantasy" betting; see my two previous posts. Last night before 50,013 fans in Yankee Stadium:
Houston Astros 3, New York Yankees 0.
Winning pitcher: Dallas Keuchel 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 BB, 7 SO
Losing pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka 5 innings, 4 hits, 3 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR (Colby Rasmus, Carlos Gomez)
The New York Mets made a deal for Milwaukee OF Carlos Gomez but then rejected him, supposedly for physical reasons. Gomez (OPS+ 83 with Houston) was then traded to Houston and the Mets instead acquired from Detroit Yoenis Cespedes (OPS+ 157 with Mets) and finished first in their division.
The Yankees got only three hits, all singles off Keuchel, by Greg Bird, DiDi Gregorius and Carlos Beltran, ages 22, 25, 38.
In game seven of the old World Series in which one team was shutout, the Yankees are 1-2. All three winning pitchers threw complete games.
1955 World Series (4-3): Brooklyn Dodgers (98-55) over New York Yankees (96-58)
Tuesday, October 4, 1955, Yankee Stadium I
Attendance: 62,465, Time of Game: 2:44
Brooklyn Dodgers 2, Yankees 0
|Johnny Podres, W (2-0)||9||8||0||0||2||4||0||1.00||35||73||0.623||1.44||4.4|
1957 World Series (4-3): Milwaukee Braves (95-59) over New York Yankees (98-56)
Thursday, October 10, 1957, Yankee Stadium I
Attendance: 61,207, Time of Game: 2:34
Milwaukee Braves 5, Yankees 0
|Lew Burdette, W (3-0)||9||7||0||0||1||3||0||0.67||36||75||0.286||0.61||4.2|
1962 World Series (4-3): New York Yankees (96-66) over San Francisco Giants (103-62)
Tuesday, October 16, 1962, Candlestick Park
Attendance: 43,948, Time of Game: 2:29
Yankees 1, Giants 0
|Ralph Terry, W (2-1)||9||4||0||0||0||4||0||1.80||31||83||0.823||1.76||4.5|
Note: In 2003 the Yankees were shutout in game SIX of the finals by Josh Beckett of the Marlins who won the series 4-2. That Yankee team had Jason Giambi and Alfonso Soriano who hit 41 and 38 homers respectively. Soriano was traded that off season for Alex Rodriguez.
Now on a more positive note: twice the Yankees were tied for first place with the Boston Red Sox one game before and then at the end of the season and then defeated the Red Sox in a final game to win the pennant. Neither game was a shutout.
Sunday, October 2, 1949,, Yankee Stadium I
Attendance: 68,055, Time of Game: 2:30
Yankees 5, Red Sox 3
W: Vic Raschi (21-10)
L: Ellis Kinder (23-6)
Won World Series (4-1) over Brooklyn Dodgers
The Yankees and Red Sox were tied after the scheduled 162 games and then played an extra game to break the tie.
Monday, October 2, 1978, 2:30PM, Fenway Park
Attendance: 32,925, Time of Game: 2:52
Yankees 5, Red Sox 4
W: Ron Guidry (25-3)
L: Mike Torrez (16-13)
S: Rich Gossage (27)
Won World Series (4-2) over Los Angeles Dodgers
Won AL Championship Series (3-1) over Kansas City Royals
There will be some post mortem of the Yankees in subsequent posts, which will probably include stuff like:
- Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
- A Fish Rots From The Head Down.