Sunday, February 15, 2015

Yanks and Senators Have a Capital Matchup

The Yankees came into RFK Stadium envisioning a resurgence in 1970 against a Washington team similarly hoping to continue its recent upswing under manager Ted Williams. The teams ended up splitting four games.

For the Yanks, Danny Cater and Horace Clarke continue their scorching starts. Cater is hitting .439, while Clark had his 12 game hitting streak snapped but is batting .338. The Sens are not hitting as well but have had some impressive starting pitching, especially from converted reliever Casey Cox.

Game One: Yanks 3, Sens 3

W: Bahnsen (2-1)
L: Shellenback (0-1)
S: McDaniel (3)

A 3-3 tie was broken in the eighth with two from the Yanks off a passed ball from wild reliever Jim Shellenback (who walked four in 1.1 innings) and a single from Jim Lyttle.  Grizzled vet Lindy McDaniel held down the fort in two innings of hitless relief.

Game Two: Sens 5, Yanks 1
W: Cox (3-0)
L: Stottlemyre (2-1)

Young Casey Cox and longtime Yanks star Mel Stottlemyre both came in undefeated, but it was Cox who was better. Casey at the mound pitched 8.2 innings of one run ball, and the control artist did not walk a batter. Stottlemyre only lasted six inning and gave up five runs. Ken McMullen and Johnny Roseboro both knocked in two runs, with Roseboro hitting his second double of the year for the only extra base hit for either team.

Game Three: Yanks 6, Sens 0
W: Peterson (2-2)
L: Coleman (1-2)

Fritz Peterson pitched a complete game for New York and lowered his ERA to 2.32, only allowing two meaningless Senators' singles. Curt Blefary plated four, two on his third homer of the year. Joe Coleman was knocked around for 12 hits in six innings.

Game Four: Sens 6, Yanks 1
W: Shellenback (1-1)
L: Burbach (0-3)

Jim Shellenback was tapped for his first start of the year for Washington and responded with a complete game win, only giving up a solitary run (but walking four, continuing his wild streak). Ed "The Streak" Stroud connected for two homers and four RBIs in a spot starter for the utility player. Young Bill Burbach was again battered for New York and may be earning a trip to the minors.

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