New York Yankees’ Brian McCann watches a ball he hit for a two run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York.
Brewers 4, Pirates 1: Gerardo Parra drove in two runs and Mike Fiers struck out seven as the Milwaukee Brewers kicked off the second half of the season on a high note with a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park. Time and time again he would show off his power within the confines of Yankee Stadium, and on Saturday he chose to relive those days.
Mike Trout struck a walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth inning to propel the Los Angeles Angels to a 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox. He also scored after hitting a double in the fourth inning, finishing 2-for-4. Two of those hits were home runs by Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager on consecutive at-bats but other than that Tanaka yielded little else in his second straight win. He threw 103 pitches, allowing five hits and striking out seven.
Pineda had managed to settle down after Cano’s first homer and allowed just three baserunners until Kyle Seager started the sixth with a single and Cano followed with his second no-doubter of the afternoon.
Relievers Dellin betances and Andrew Miller each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Iwakuma is 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees. It looks like a skateboard married a Segway, with a platform about 6 inches off the ground to stand on and two big wheels but no handlebars. “I was just trying to get a good pitch and not trying to pull it, and I got a good pitch to hit”.
But Rodriguez did much more than that.
The homer was the 19th of the season and the 673 of Rodriguez’s career. This was a no doubt, opposite-field blast.
Moustakas hit a solo homer in the fifth to give the Royals a 2-1 lead. But this was No. 673.
“I had to come at him”, Montgomery said.
“I think for me the time off benefited me, and I feel good, healthy, ready to go”, Rodriguez said, via Bob Nightengale of USA Today, during spring training.
In Toronto, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run, Justin Smoak added a three-run shot and the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay. Lance Lynn takes the mound for the Redbirds, and we’ll see if he can continue his success against Lucas Duda. Seager connected twice in Seattle’s loss Friday night. “I was just trying to be aggressive”. Now, Pineda is 1 of the 5 best pitchers in the American League, while Montero has made 27 major league plate appearances in 2014 and ’15 combined.
“Not only because I hit two homers”, he said, “but when you can come out and help a team win a game – especially after the game (Friday) night”.
This current resurgence also makes it reasonable to expect Rodriguez to keep this up beyond this year.
“This ballpark obviously, the Yankees and everything, it’s got a lot of history to it, so it’s a cool place”, Seager said.
“You can match it up the first time (after the break)”, Girardi said. “So he understands the situation and what he’s supposed to try to do”.