The Yankees took a 6-0 lead in less than two innings, and that early lead — featuring a Brian McCann grand slam and a two-run homer from Chris Young — frustrated Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer a good deal. So much so that he threw a fastball inside to Alex Rodriguez with seeming intent to hit him. Home plate umpire Rob Drake thought so anyway and he tossed Oberholtzer, which ended up being a favor to the Astros. Roberto Hernandez came in after that and pitched three and two-thirds innings of shutout ball, during which time the Astros chipped back against an ineffective Masahiro Tanaka to tie it up 6-6 by the end of the fifth inning.
In the eighth the Yankees put two men on and Mark Teixeira hit a two-run double to break the tie. Chase Headley hit a solo shot in the ninth to add some insurance.
After the game Oberholtzer was optioned to Triple-A Fresno. Which marks the first time in history someone was punished for going after A-Rod rather than praised.
The rest of the results on a soggy Saturday:
Yankees 9, Astros 6
Rangers 4, Blue Jays 0
Twins 5, Brewers 2
Royals 3, Athletics 2
Pirates 8, Braves 4
Giants 7, Rockies 5
Marlins 3, Dodgers 2
Rays 4, Red Sox 1
Angels 4, Mariners 2
Cardinals 8, Cubs 1
Padres 7, Diamondbacks 2
Reds 1, Mets 1: SUSPENDED
White Sox vs. Tigers: POSTPONED
Nationals vs. Phillies: POSTPONED
Indians vs. Orioles: POSTPONED
Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer was not having a good afternoon at home against the Yankees on Saturday. He served up an upper-deck home run to right field in the first inning to Brian McCann, then surrendered a one-out, two-run blast to Chris Young in the second.
Frustrated, Oberholtzer’s next pitch was a fastball inside to Alex Rodriguez, nearly hitting the DH. Home plate umpire Rob Drake immediately ejected a remorseless Oberholtzer, who walked off the mound without an argument.
Roberto Hernandez entered the game in Oberholtzer’s place, eventually walking Rodriguez before escaping the inning unscathed.
Oberholtzer should end up with a fine and/or a suspension when the dust settles.
On Saturday, Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata controversially broke up Max Scherzer’s perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning when he was hit by a two-strike slider. Some argued that Tabata intentionally leaned into the pitch. Others argued he should have at least made more of an effort to get out of the way of the pitch. Members of both groups suggested the Nationals should throw at Tabata in his first at-bat on Sunday.
Tabata took his place in the batter’s box in the second inning of Sunday afternoon’s series finale in Washington, D.C. against Gio Gonzalez, treated to a chorus of boos from the home crowd. Gonzalez’s first pitch to Tabata was a 91 MPH fastball over the middle of the plate.
Gonzalez would have been in the wrong for throwing at Tabata. For one, that would simply make him a bad human being, as a batter’s career can end in an instant if he’s hit by a pitch in the wrong area. Moreover, Tabata did nothing wrong in getting hit on Saturday when he faced Scherzer. The logic that getting hit by a pitch to break up Scherzer’s perfect game is “bush league” — as many argued yesterday — is as silly as thinking that Yankees reliever Jose De Paula was bush league for not throwing a meatball to J.D. Martinez this afternoon when he came to the plate in the seventh inning with an opportunity to have a four-homer game. He flew out to right field instead. Should the Tigers have thrown at one of the Yankees? Or maybe Bryan Holaday — who hit directly behind Martinez — should have kicked a clump of dirt around home plate into Yankees catcher Brian McCann’s face?
Unwritten rules are dumb, you guys.
Brian McCann was forced to make an early exit from Wednesday’s game against the Mariners due to right foot soreness, but the Yankees got some good news today.
According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, McCann is considered day-to-day after an MRI and a CT scan on his foot both came back negative. The 31-year-old backstop originally hurt his foot on May 24 and has been playing through pain since, but apparently it’s nothing serious.
After a strong finish to May, McCann is batting .248/.315/.452 with eight home runs and 33 RBI over 45 games this season. Of course, his value goes beyond what he does at the plate. According to Eno Sarris of FanGraphs, McCann has been the second-best defensive catcher in the game if you include his blocking, framing, and game-calling. Relying on John Ryan Murphy would be a pretty big downgrade, so the Yankees will have to hope that the foot issue doesn’t linger.
It sure sounds like the Yankees are going to be without Brian McCann for an extended period …
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that McCann had to be removed from Wednesday afternoon’s 3-1 victory in Seattle after experiencing renewed soreness in his right foot. The foot has been giving him trouble for a couple of weeks, and McCann acknowledged after the game Wednesday that it especially gives him fits when he squats to catch. Which is, you know, a big problem for a guy who plays catcher.
McCann will undergo an MRI on Thursday back in New York City to determine if there’s structural damage in his right foot. John Ryan Murphy took over behind the plate on Wednesday. Gary Sanchez or Austin Romine could be on the way up from the minors ahead of Friday’s series opener against the Angels.
McCann, 31, is batting .248/.315/.452 with eight homers and 33 RBI in 45 games this season.
He is in the second year of a five-year, $85 million free agent agreement with the Yankees.