There were no fireworks today.
After Friday’s benches-clearing incident and Saturday’s ejection of Mitch Talbot following an Alex Rodriguez plunking, the Indians and Yankees played a calm one Sunday that again sent the Yankee faithful home happy.
The Bombers broke open a 1-0 game in the fifth, scoring five times on their way to a 9-1 victory. Freddy Garcia, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings in the second shortest start of his career Tuesday against the Red Sox, pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball for the victory.
The Yankees amassed nine runs despite failing to homer in the contest. Curtis Granderson, who had homered in three straight games, went 4-for-4 with a double and a sac fly. Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles and three runs scored. Alex Rodriguez had three hits and three RBI.
Derek Jeter also had some fun, going 2-for-5 with two RBI. With four games left on the Yankees’ current homestand, he’s at 2,993 career hits.
The Bombers got to Josh Tomlin, who is fading just like his peripherals said he would. After starting the season 6-1 with a 2.41 ERA, he’s given up 22 runs over 24 innings in his last four outings. His ERA stands at 4.14 now and likely will continue to climb.
A.J. Burnett will try to send the Yankees to a four-game sweep when he takes on Carlos Carrasco in the series finale Monday.
For the first time in a month and a half, Aaron Judge went an entire game without striking out, ending his record streak at 37 games. Judge had an RBI single and three walks in Tuesday night’s 13-4 victory over the Tigers.
Judge went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and zero strikeouts in a 9-4 loss to the Brewers on July 7. Between July 8 and August 20, Judge would strike out in all 37 games, breaking the record previously held by Adam Dunn, who struck out in the first 32 games of the 2012 season. If one counted streaks extending into multiple seasons, Dunn held the record at 36 games as he struck out in his final four games in 2011 as well.
After Tuesday’s performance, Judge is now hitting .284/.417/.594 with 37 home runs, 81 RBI, and 93 runs scored in 525 plate appearances on the season. He’s had a particularly rough second half, as he entered Tuesday with a .684 OPS since the All-Star break, a far cry from his 1.139 OPS before the break.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was able to get a ground ball past Pirates first baseman Josh Bell for a double leading off the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s game. He would come around to score later in the inning on a Corey Seager single, breaking a 1-1 tie.
The double gave Gonzalez 2,000 hits for his career. He is the 282nd player in baseball history and the 11th active player to reach 2,000 career hits. Gonzalez also has 300 home runs, making him one of 94 players with at least 300 dingers and 2,000 hits.
Gonzalez, who was recently activated from the disabled list, entered Tuesday’s action hitting .247/.295/.330 with one home run and 25 RBI in 201 plate appearances on the season.