11-run innings and position players pitching: The Yankees-Rangers game got all kinds of weird
Yankees and Rangers play one of 2015's weirdest games
Oh, Yankees-Rangers game, just how weird were you? Let us count the ways. Below is a certainly-not-comprehensive list of bizarre things that went down at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night:
- Thanks to five walks, the Rangers tagged New York starter Chris Capuano for five runs on just three hits in the first inning. A pretty good start for the home team!
- That is, uh, until the Yankees responded by scoring all of the runs:
For those keeping score at home -- and if you are, make yourself comfortable, because we're going to be here for a while -- the above were just some of the 11 (!) runs the Bombers pushed across in the top of the second, sending 15 batters (!!) to the plate.
- That was promptly followed by a grand slam in the following inning to make it 15-5:
- There were not one, but two instances of catcher's interference, coming when Jacoby Ellsbury clipped two different Texas catchers.
- This was a real thing:
Adam Warren now has five career saves. His first was silly: 4 IP in a 7-0 game. This one, 3 IP in a 21-5 game, is just ridiculous.- Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 29, 2015
Yes, closing out a game while throwing three innings or more is in fact a save situation.
- Oh, and did we mention there was a position player pitching? Perhaps you remember Rangers infielder/friend of Cut4 Adam Rosales, who last month took the hill in Toronto with decidedly mixed results. Well, he was back in action Tuesday, pitching the top of the ninth for Texas to, well, decidedly mixed results. First the bad, courtesy of Brett Gardner:
But Rosales would not be deterred, showcasing a legitimately low-90s fastball with all manner of slow curves/slurves/as-yet-unidentified offspeed pitches to ring up a strikeout. Seriously:
What can we say, it was just that kind of night. There was a full moon out, after all. As always, the Internet said it best:
Yankees rangers game right now ����- Aaron Milkert (@captain_m1lk) July 29, 2015