2008: Bursting through against the Rangers
Down 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh to the Rangers, the Yankees score nine runs in the inning, capped by a three-run home run from Alex Rodriguez. Rangers reliever Wander Madrigal begins the frame by allowing a double, a walk, two more doubles and a single before finally getting his first out on Wilson Betemit’s RBI groundout that puts New York ahead, 10-7. The next batter is Brett Gardner, who drops an RBI single into right for his first big league hit. Johnny Damon adds an RBI single before A-Rod came up as the 11th batter in the inning. The Bombers add three more runs in the eighth to rout Texas, 18-7.
2007: Milestone victory for the Rocket
Roger Clemens allows two hits in eight innings against the Twins to earn his 350th career win, becoming the eighth pitcher all-time to reach the mark. His 97th and final pitch of the night clips the inside corner to catch Lew Ford looking for the final of four strikeouts on the evening. Manager Joe Torre, who was the catcher in Warren Spahn’s 350th victory in 1963, becomes a participant to two of the three occasions since 1928 that a pitcher has reached the milestone. (Greg Maddux accomplishes the feat a year later in 2008.)
1978: A little help from a fan gets Gator a win
In the first game of a doubleheader against Detroit, Ron Guidry earns the win to put his record at 13-0, the best start in Yankees history. Mickey Rivers, who had been out since June 17 with a hand fracture, pinch hits in the seventh and his long drive to right is interfered with by a fan. Tigers right fielder Mickey Stanley waits for an interference call from the umpire that never came, allowing Rivers to come around and score on a double and a two-base error that ties the game at two in the Bombers’ eventual 3-2 win.
1941: Joltin’ Joe keeps on hittin’
Joe DiMaggio hits a two-run homer in the fifth inning against the Red Sox to extend his hitting streak to 45 games, breaking the old single-season record of 44 held by Willie Keeler. Only 8,682 fans witness the feat at Yankee Stadium.
1931: Babe brings them home again
Babe Ruth hits a two-run home run in a 13-1 rout against Detroit. It marks his 11th straight game with an RBI, tying Wally Pipp’s franchise mark set in 1922. Joe DiMaggio will twice have RBI streaks of this length as well, once in 1939 and again in 1940.