10/04 in Yankee History
2011: With the Yankees facing elimination in their division series with the Tigers, Joe Girardi gives the ball to A.J. Burnett, and the sometimes erratic righty comes through with one of his strongest performances of late, striking out three and giving up only one run over 5 2/3 innings before handing the job off to the bullpen. Meanwhile, the New York offense roars to life in the 8th, plating 6 runs on a barrage of base hits. The 10-1 final sends the series back to New York for a fifth and deciding game.
2005: The Yankees score 3 runs in the 1st inning on Robinson Cano’s bases loaded triple‚ then hold on for a 4-2 victory over the Angels in the opening game of their Division Series. Mike Mussina gets the win for NY‚ while Bengie Molina homers in a losing cause for Los Angeles.
2003: The Yankees move into the lead in their series with the Twins with a 3-1 win behind Roger Clemens. The Rocket surrenders only 1 run and 5 hits sin 7 innings. Hideki Matsui hits a home run for NY.
2002: The Yankees blow a 6-1 lead as the Angels bounce back for a 9-6 victory and a 2 games to 1 lead in their Division Series. Tim Salmon and Adam Kennedy homer for Anaheim and Francisco Rodriguez again gets the win in relief.
2000: The Yankees even their series with the Athletics at 1 game apiece with a 4-0 victory. Andy Pettitte holds Oakland scoreless for 7 2/3 innings for the win.
1996: The Yankees score twice in the 9th inning, on a Bernie Williams sacrifice fly and a Mariano Duncan single, to defeat the Rangers 3-2 despite Juan Gonzalez’s 4th HR of the series. NY take a 2-games-to-1 lead.
1995: Don Mattingly hits the only postseason home run of his career, and Jim Leyritz ends the game in the bottom of the 15th with one, as the Yankees defeat the Mariners 6-5 to take a 2 games to none lead in their ALDS.
1980: The Yankees clinch their 4th AL East title in 5 seasons‚ beating Detroit 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Reggie Jackson hits his 41st home run of the season and will share the AL home run crown with Milwaukee’s Ben Oglivie. The Tigers take the nitecap 7-6.
1978: Kansas City notch 16 hits off 3 Yankee pitchers to even the AL series with a 10-4 win. Freddie Patek’s surprise homer in the 6th with a man on seals the victory.
1972: In a 1-0 loss by the Bombers to the Brewers, Yankee pitcher Larry Gowell hits a double off Milwaukee’s Jim Lonborg in his only major league at-bat. This is the last hit by an AL pitcher before the league adopts the designated hitter rule in 1973.
1962: At Candlestick Park‚ the World Series opens, as Roger Maris stakes Whitey Ford to a 2-run lead with a first-inning‚ 2-run double. Only right fielder Felipe Alou’s leaping effort keeps Maris’ drive in the park. Ford’s record streak of consecutive shutout innings ends at 33 2/3 when a surprise bunt by Jose Pagan brings Willie Mays home. Clete Boyer’s 7th-inning HR gives the Yankees a 6-2 win‚ the last of a record 10 WS victories for Ford.
1961: Whitey Ford’s 3rd straight World Series shutout‚ with homers by Elston Howard and Bill Skowron,gives New York a 2-0 win in the opener against Cincinnati at Yankee Stadium.
1960: Jack Warhop, long-serving early Yankee pitcher who is remembered chiefly for surrendering Babe Ruth’s first Major League home run, dies at the age of 76.
1958: In game 3 of the World Series, Don Larsen and Ryne Duren team up for a shutout of the Braves as the Yankees win 4-0. Hank Bauer accounts for all the New York runs‚ including a 2-run homer in the 7th. Milwaukee now lead 2 games to 1.
1955: No more ‘wait till next year,’ as Brooklyn‚ behind the 2-0 pitching of Johnny Podres‚ bring their first World Series championship to Brooklyn after 8 tries. 6th inning replacement Sandy Amoros races over to the wall in left field to one-hand an opposite-field bid for extra bases by Yogi Berra with the tying runs on.
Amoros turns and fires to shortstop Pee Wee Reese, who relays a bullet to Gil Hodges at first base to double off Gil McDougald. Brooklyn pull off 12 DPs in the Series, a new record.