Melky “Cycles” A Path To Victory For Yankees

It was not a totally lost weekend for the New York Yankees as they won the final game of a four-game series against the White Sox, 8-5, thus avoiding what would have been a very embarrassing sweep by the Chisox in the Windy City.

The Yankees followed the “Melky-Way” in route to their must-win victory, as Melky Cabrera hit for the cycle — the first cycle by a Yankee since Tony Fernandez accomplished this rare feat in 1995. Also, his was the 15th cycle in Yankee history.

Melky put on a spectacular display, getting four hits in five at-bats, including a three-run homer off Chicago starter Mark Buehrle (L,11-5) in the second inning; a double and run scored in the fourth; a RBI single in the fifth; and, finally, a very exciting triple during his final at-bat in the ninth inning, a solid line drive in the gap over rightfielder Jermaine Dye’s head. The ball sailed to the wall as Melky Cabrera “cycled” around the bases at full speed.  

After Cabrera slid safely into third base for the triple that completed his cycle, Melky quickly jumped up to his feet, pumping his arm into the air, as everybody in the Yankees dugout gave “The Melk-man” a standing ovation, cheering on this “very rare” historical baseball feat. A wonderful baseball moment, indeed.

Melky Cabrera scored the Yankees final run later on in the ninth inning, a very important insurance run, on a two-out RBI single by Derek Jeter that completed the scoring in this 8-5 Yankees victory.

This was Derek Jeter’s 2,084th game, which tied the great Babe Ruth for fourth place on the Yankees all-time games played list. It seems like “The Capatin” breaks or ties an all-time record at least once a week.    

CC Sabathia was the Yankees starting pitcher, and certainly did not pitch one of his best games.

The Bombers staked Sabathia an early 3-0 lead on the Melky homer; but, CC could not hold the lead, giving up four runs in the bottom of the third on a RBI single by Gordon Beckham; a long opposite field two-run homer by Jermaine Dye; and, another long opposite field homerun by the next batter Jim Thome [career homer #559], that moved the White Sox into a 4-3 lead.

The Yankees battled back, though, led by Melky Cabrera, scoring two runs in the fourth on a RBI single by Jose Molina that scored Melky; and, a RBI single by Johnny Damon that plated Molina with the fifth run, giving the Yanks the lead once again at 5-4.

Melky was part of another Yankee rally in the top of the fifth, driving home Alex Rodriguez with a RBI single, which was followed by a run scoring single by newcomer Jerry Hairston, Jr., that drove home Nick Swisher for a 7-4 lead.

As the game entered the bottom of the eight, CC Sabathia was still on the mound when the first batter, Gordon Beckham doubled. This hit knocked CC out of the game as manager Joe Girardi replaced him with Phil Hughes, who struck-out Dye; walked Thome; and struck-out Konerko to set-up a first and second situation for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, now in the game to get a four-out save.

Rivera quickly allowed a RBI single to Carlos Quentin that cut the Yankees lead to 7-5. But, Mariano struck out the next batter Chris Getz for the final out of the inning.

CC Sabathia (11-7), ended up throwing 100 pitches over seven okay innings, allowing all five runs, on ten hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. The numbers are not great, but after the third inning, CC was very solid on the mound holding the lead into the eight inning.

After Melky Cabrera capped off his great performance with his historic triple in the top of the ninth, “The Great Mariano” closed out this 8-5 Yankees victory by pitching a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning recording his 30th save of the season, which is now seven straight seasons of at least 30 saves for Mariano.

All-in-all, not a bad weekend, as the New York Yankees remain in first place in the AL East, a half a game ahead of the second place Boston Red Sox, and five and a half games in front of the third place Tampa Bay Rays.

 

To view boxscore, click on: Melky hits for the cycle 

 

The 15 “Cycles” in New York Yankees history (from the New York Post) … 

 1 — Bert Daniels (July 25, 1912) vs. Chicago

 2 — Bob Meusel (May 7, 1921) at Washington

 3 — Bob Meusel (July 3, 1922) at Philadelphia

 4 — Bob Meusel (July 26, 1928) at Detroit

 5 — Tony Lazzeri (June 3, 1932) at Philadelphia

 6 — Lou Gehrig (June 25, 1934) vs. Chicago

 7 — Joe DiMaggio (July 9, 1937) vs. Washington

 8 — Lou Gehrig (August 1, 1937) vs. St. Louis

 9 — Buddy Rosar (July 19, 1940) vs. Cleveland

10 — Joe Gordon (September 8, 1940) at Boston

11 — Joe DiMaggio (May 20, 1948) at Chicago

12 — Mickey Mantle (July 23, 1957) vs. Chicago

13 — Bobby Murcer (August 29, 1972) vs. Texas

14 — Tony Fernandez (September 3, 1995) vs. Oakland

15 — Melky Cabrera ( August 2, 2009) at Chicago

 

— Jimmy Curran, “BY&L” – “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”      

 

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7 comments

  1. crazy19canuck

    Melky has surprised me. He’s awakening at the plate. Wow Jimmy – it seems all your players are doing really well. Ok, that’s bad for the rest of us, but WOW. Congrats to the Yankees. They are doing so well this year. I hope that all the fans are living it up. Who knows? Maybe the guys will see the postseason in first place. We’ll try hard to stop you, of course. Hope you have a great night!
    Ginny
    http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

  2. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Ginny …

    Yeah, the Yankees are playing very well right now, and really needed that win in the final game of the White Sox series … A four-game sweep by the White Sox over the Yankees would have been devastating, but Melky Cabrera delivered another “big” clutch performance that kept the Yankees in first place by a half a game !!!
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    This week is huge for the pennant race in the AL East; and, the Yankees 5-3 win over “Doc” Halladay, and the Rays 4-2, 13 inning victory over the Red Sox on Tuesady set the tone perfectly for this “Playoff Baseball Week in August” !!! … I will also be rooting for the Rays to win the second game vs. the Red Sox, which will lead into the big four-game weekend between the Yankees and Red Sox at Yankee Stadium !!! … It was exciting watching the Yankees win tonight, and, then, I watched the final five innings of the Rays victory over the Red Sox … This race will end with only two of the top three teams in the AL East moving into the playoffs, or, maybe, only the Division winner as the Texas Rangers are also right in the wild-card race !!! … All this baseball action will be fun to watch !!!
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    Take care, Ginny !!! … Have a very enjoyable day !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

  3. southernbelle

    Hey Jimmy: Thanks for the welcome! I started my blog in mid July, and I can say that it is so much fun. All the other bloggers are great to comment with, and this is a new hobby for me. I love it!
    Things are getting very exciting. I am pumped for the Yankee-Red Sox series. I’m happy it is at Yankee Stadium. I think the Red Sox cheat at Fenway, stealing signs maybe, but that’s just my opinion. I like your blog. I still can’t get over my man Melky and the cycle thing. He is too underrated. I LOVE YOU, LECHE!!! I think my support makes up for other people’s lack of support for him. I always loved him. I hope the Yankees win again! GO YANKS! -Virginia
    http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

  4. juliasrants

    Jimmy – I look forward to our battle this week. And I wanted to let you know that Scott and I have incorporated your suggestion into our wager for the upcoming Red Sox – Yankees series. We liked your idea very much and the wager has been posted on our blogs. Thank you and here’s to a great week of baseball!

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  5. raysfanboy

    Nice win for you guys against Halladay last night. He did not look good at all, but you guys made him look much worse. We helped you get out to a 1 1/2 game lead over the Sox, but don’t start running away yet. We still need to catch you guys too!
    http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com

  6. jimmy27nyy

    Hello Everybody !!! …
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    Sorry I have not responded to your above comments yet !!!
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    Thanks for all your visits, and excellent comments and thoughts !!! … I greatly appreciate everybody stopping by, and, of course, all are always welcome to visit any time !!!
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    Have a great day !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

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