Yankees 2009 season, game by game
2009 Yankees, game-by-game tracker
Yankees 10, Rays 2
October 4, 2009
Summary:Alex Rodriguez homered twice in a 10-run sixth inning. First, A-Rod hit a three-run home run and later added a grand slam to cap off the scoring. A.J. Burnett got his 13th win of the year and his 100th career win.
Key stat: For the 12th straight year, Rodriguez has at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs.
Yankees' record: 103-59
Rays 5, Yankees 3
October 3, 2009
Summary: Andy Pettitte couldn't get out of the fifth inning as the Rays took the second game of the three-game set. Former Yankee Dioner Navarro hit his 8th home run of the year in the second inning and Jeff Niemann got his 13th win of the year for the Rays.
Key stat: Johnny Damon drove in his 80th RBI of the season, that's the most he has had since 2006, his first year with the Yankees.
Yankees' record: 102-59
Rays 13, Yankees 4
October 2, 2009
Summary: B.J. Upton hit for the cycle -- in the first five innings -- and drove in six runs as the Rays spoiled CC Sabathia's attempt at his 20th win. The Rays jumped on the Yankees' ace from the start and stormed out to a 12-1 lead en route to a 17-hit night at the Trop. David Price (10-7) earned the win after pitching seven strong innings, allowing two hits and one run.
Key stat: Upton became the first player in the 12-year history of the Rays to hit for the cycle.
Yankees' record: 102-58
Royals 4, Yankees 3
September 30, 2009
Summary: Joba Chamberlain was ineffective in his final start of the year as the Royals broke the Yankees' seven-game winning streak in Yankee Stadium's regular-season home finale. Nick Swisher tied the game at 3 with a home run in the fifth inning, but misplayed a ball in right that allowed the tie-breaking run to score in the seventh inning.
Key stat: The Yankees finished 57-24 at home in the first year at their new ballpark. After threatening to break the record for most home runs hit in a ballpark (Coors Field, 303) early on, they finished with 237.
Yankees' record: 102-57
Yankees 4, Royals 3
September 29, 2009
Summary: Juan Miranda became the latest member of the pie-in-the-face club when he singled up the middle and off Kyle Farnsworth's leg to plate the game-winning run. It was the Yankees' 15th walkoff win of the year. A.J. Burnett started and pitched well, but was in line to pick up the loss before the latest Yankees' heroics bailed him out. .
Key stat: Miranda became the ninth player to deliver a walkoff hit for the Yankees this year. For those counting at home: Melky Cabrera leads the team with three, followed by Posada (2), Rodriguez (2), Cano (2), Damon (1), Matsui (1) Swisher (1), Cervelli (1) and Miranda (1). The Yankees also won a game on a game-ending error by the Mets' Luis Castillo.
Yankees' record: 102-56
Yankees 8, Royals 2
September 28, 2009
Summary: Robinson Cano broke open a tight game with a seventh-inning grand slam -- the second of his career -- to give the Yankees their fifth straight win. The day after clinching the AL East, most of the big names were given the night off, but it didn't stop the streaking Yankees from notching their 101st win.
Key stat: Ramiro Pena hit his first career home run in the fifth inning -- a solo short that just cleared the right field wall. The Yankees, of course, gave him a brief silent treatment upon his return to the dugout.
Yankees' record: 101-56
Yankees 4, Red Sox 2
September 27, 2009
Summary: For the first time since 2006, the Yankees earned the right to don "AL East Champion" paraphernalia, as Andy Pettitte led the team to win No. 100, and in turn, home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Key stat: The win knotted the Yankees/Sox season series at nine wins apiece, a series that Boston led, at one point, 8-0.
Yankees' record: 100-56
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0
September 26, 2009
Summary: C.C. Sabathia continued his dominant season, combining with Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera on a two-hit shutout to earn his 19th victory. The win moved New York within one game of clinching the AL East.
Key stat: Sabathia became the Major Leagues' first 19-game winner.
Yankees' record: 99-56
Yankees 9, Red Sox 5
September 25, 2009
Summary: Joba Chamberlain helped the Yankees inch closer to the AL East title (magic number: 3) and did wonders for his chances of being the Game 4 start of the ALCS. Chamberlain pitched six innings and gave up three runs, but the real star was Alex Rodriguez, who went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and four RBIs.
Key stat: A-Rod also stole three of the seven bases off Jason Varitek.
Yankees' record: 98-56
Yankees 3, Angels 2
September 23, 2009
Summary: The Yankees used an unorthodox lineup to edge the Angels and win their first series in Anaheim since May of 2004. A.J. Burnett, struggling since August, picked up his 12th win of the year and struck out 11 batters. The bullpen pieced together the final 3 1/3 innings, including a one-inning stint by Ian Kennedy and Mariano Rivera's 42nd save.
Key stat: The Yankees reduced their magic number for clinching the AL East to five.
Yankees' record: 97-56
Yankees 6, Angels 5
September 22, 2009
Summary: The Yankees clinched a postseason berth when Texas fell to Oakland about an hour earlier, but still snuck by the Angels, 6-5, after blowing a 5-0 lead. Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui both homered for the second straight night and Rodriguez provided the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth with a sacrifice fly to center. Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth for his 41st save.
Key stat: Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 to record his 200th hit of the year. He became the oldest Yankee to record 200-hit season -- the seventh of his career.
Yankees' record: 96-56
Angels 5, Yankees 2
September 21, 2009
Summary: Angels starter Joe Saunders pitched into the ninth inning to help the Angels prevent the Yankees from clinching a postseason berth in Anaheim. The Halos scored two runs off Andy Pettitte in the first inning and never looked back despite a pair of late, solo homers from Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui.
Key stat: The Angels improved to 18-5 against the Yankees at home since 2005.
Yankees' record: 95-56
Mariners 7, Yankees 1
September 20, 2009
Summary: Ken Griffey Jr. homered and drove in four to help the Ian Snell and the Mariners beat up the Yankees after another forgettable start from Joba Chamberlain, who gave up all seven runs in the first two innings. The Mariners took two of three from the Yankees, who have seen their AL East lead over the Red Sox dwindle by the day.
Key stat: Chamberlain has allowed 33 earned runs in his last 36 innings.
Yankees' record: 95-55
Yankees 10, Mariners 1
September 19, 2009
Summary: CC Sabathia picked up his 18th win as the Yankees cruised past the Mariners with the help of a four-run fifth inning, which included one of Mark Teixeira's two home runs. Sabathia allowed four hits and one run while striking out eight in seven solid innings.
Key stat: Teixeira's ninth-inning home run just sailed over the leftfield fence. Had it stayed in, he likely would have trotted in for a double and the second cycle of his career.
Yankees' record: 95-54
Mariners 3, Yankees 2
September 18, 2009
Summary: Not all walkoff hits end with pies in the face. Ichiro Suzuki golfed a two-run homer off Mariano Rivera to give the Mariners a walkoff victory in the opening game of a three-game set in Seattle. Rivera's blown save cost A.J. Burnett a win after he tossed seven strong innings. Ichiro finished with four hits, though he was picked off at first twice by Burnett.
Key stat: Rivera (3-3) had converted his last 36 save chances and had given up one run in 33 innings since June 12. .
Yankees' record: 94-54
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4
September 16, 2009
Summary: Hideki Matsui tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Francisco Cervelli won it with his game-winning single to help the Yankees split a two-game series with the Blue Jays in the Bronx. Mariano Rivera, who pitched a scoreless ninth, earned the win. The Yankees played without Jorge Posada, who was serving the first game of his suspension after igniting a brawl the day before.
Key stat: It was the Yankees' 14th walkoff win of the season, three short of the franchise record.
Yankees' record: 94-53
Blue Jays 10, Yankees 4
September 15, 2009
Summary: The Yankees turned a ho-hum loss into a big back-page story when a brawl broke out in the bottom of the eighth inning -- with Jorge Posada right in the middle of it. Posada bumped Blue Jays reliever Jesse Carlson when he crossed home after Carlson threw behind him earlier in the inning. It was apparently retaliation for the Yankees plunking two Jays earlier in the game. Roy Halladay -- backed by five homers -- continued his dominance of the Yankees in picking up the win.
Key stat: Yankees starter Sergio Mitre (3-3, 7.63) who allowed seven runs in five-plus innings.
Yankees' record: 93-53
Yankees 5, Angels 3
September 14, 2009
Summary: Mark Teixeira, who had three hits and two RBIs, and Nick Swisher, led the Yankees past the Angels in a make-up game in the Bronx. After Phil Hughes allowed the Angels to tie the game in the top of the eighth, the Yankees plated two more runs in the bottom half to take the lead. Mariano Rivera closed it out for his 40th save.
Key stat: Rivera notched seventh 40-save season and first since 2005.
Yankees' record: 93-52
September 13, 2009
Summary: Hideki Matsui drove in five runs to help CC Sabathia earn his 17th win and prevent the Orioles from sweeping the Yankees at home. Joe Girardi and Alex Rodriguez were ejected midway through the game, but it didn't seem to matter when the Yankees plated eight runs in the eighth inning to blow the game open.
Key stat: Sabathia (17-7) improved to 9-1 all-time against the Orioles.
Yankees' record: 92-52
September 12, 2009
Summary: Baltimore scored six runs in the second inning off the struggling A.J. Burnett to coast past the Yankees for the second straight day. Brian Roberts hit a grand slam in the Orioles' big inning and also hit his 51st double of the year. The Yankees lost consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month and did so at home for the first time since June 17th and 18th against the Nationals.
Key stat: Burnett (11-9) is 1-5 with a 6.19 ERA since the beginning of August.
Yankees' record: 91-52
Orioles 10, Yankees 4
September 11, 2009
Summary: Derek Jeter has finally done it. The Captain's single down the rightfield line in the third inning moved him past Lou Gehrig and into first place on the Yankees' all-time hit list. The game looked as though it wouldn't happen with steady rain soaking the area all day, but after a hour-and-a-half delay, the fans were able to witness history. The Yanks' bullpen, however, couldn't hold the lead and their four-game win streak came to an end.
Key stat: Jeter broke a record that Gehrig held for seven decades. Jeter is 12 hits away from reaching the 200-hit mark for the seventh season in his 14-year career.
Yankees' record: 91-51
Yankees 4, Rays 2
September 9, 2009
Summary: Derek Jeter broke out of his slump to notch three hits and tie Lou Gehrig atop the list for most hits by a Yankees player in the franchise's storied history. Jorge Posada smacked a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the eighth inning to complete a four-game sweep of the reeling Rays.
Key stat: Jeter had a chance to break the record in the eighth inning, but walked against Rays reliever Grant Balfour.
Yankees' record: 91-50
Yankees 3, Rays 2
September 8, 2009
Summary: Nick Swisher's second home run of the night earned him a pie in the face. He launched a one-out shot in the ninth inning that crept over the wall and sent the Yankees 40 games over .500 with their seventh straight win. Mariano Rivera earned the win after pitching a perfect ninth.
Key stat: The Derek Jeter's hitless slump continued, as he went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .327.
Yankees' record: 90-50
Yankees 11, Rays 1 (Game 2)
September 7, 2009
Summary: The Yankees scored eight runs in the third inning and A.J. Burnett (11-8) won for the first time since July 27 in a blowout win in the Bronx. Burnett pitched six strong innings and struck out eight while Mark Teixeira homered twice. Derek Jeter, chasing Lou Gehrg's hits record, went 0-for-8 for the day.
Key stat: The Yankees matched their win total from last season with 24 games to go.
Yankees' record: 89-50
Yankees 4, Rays 1 (Game 1)
September 7, 2009
Summary: CC Sabathia and Matt Garza pitched great for both teams, but Robinson Cano's tiebreaking sacrifice fly lifted the Yankees in the eighth inning. Sabathia tied a season high with 10 strikeouts.
Key stat: Tampa Bay lost its fifth straight game and lost Carlos Pena for the season after he was hit by a pitch in the first inning.
Yankees' record: 88-50
Blue Jays 14, Yankees 8
September 6, 2009
Summary: Toronto exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning of Sergio Mitre to help the Blue Jays earn a series split against the red-hot Yankees. Aaron Hill doubled twice and drove in three runs for the Jays while Derek Jeter had three hits for the Bombers.
Key stat: Mitre gave up 11 runs -- the most for a Yankees starter since David Wells in 1997.
Yankees' record: 87-50
Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4
September 5, 2009
Summary: Andy Pettitte won his fourth straight start to earn his 13th win of the season. Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano hit homers and the Yankees won their 15th road game in their last 19 tries.
Key stat: Derek Jeter had two hits and moved to within seven hits of breaking Lou Gehrig's club record.
Yankees' record: 87-49
Blue Jays 6, Yankees 0
September 4, 2009
Summary: Joba Chamberlain (8-5) struggled in another abbreviated start -- Roy Halladay (14-8) didn't. The Blue Jays' ace one-hit the red-hot Yankees to end their seven-game winning streak in Toronto. Ramiro Pena recorded the only Yankee hit in the sixth inning. For the Jays, Adam Lind went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Aaron Hill had two doubles and two RBIs.
Key stat: The Yankees stayed 7 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.
Yankees' record: 86-49
Yankees 10, Blue Jays 5
September 3, 2009
Summary: Jorge Posada had four hits and four RBIs to help the Yankees with their seventh straight game. Alex Rodriguez contributed two hits, including his 24th home run, and Alfredo Aceves pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief to pick up his 10th win of the season.
Key stat: The Yankees are 35-11 (.761) since the All-Star break.
Yankees' record: 86-48
Yankees 10, Orioles 2
September 2, 2009
Summary: The Yankees blew open the game in the ninth inning wtih seven runs to provide the bullpen some relief and lock up CC Sabathia's 16th win of the season. Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-5 and knocked in four runs and Johnny Damon finished with four of the Yankees' 17 hits. .
Key stat: A-Rod recorded his 2,500th hit in the win.
Yankees' record: 85-48
Yankees 9, Orioles 6
September 1, 2009
Summary: Although A.J. Burnett struggled once again (5 1/3 IP, 6 ER), the Yankees' bats picked him up by clubbing five homers to lead the team to its fifth straight win. Jorge Posada hit two of them -- Nick Swisher, Eric Hinske and Robinson Cano, the others -- and DeMaso Marte picked up his first win since coming off the disabled list last week. Mariano Rivera notched his AL-leading 38th save.
Key stat: Derek Jeter finished August 46-for-122 (.377), the second-most hits he has had in any month (50 --August, 1998).
Yankees' record: 84-48
Yankees 5, Orioles 1
August 31, 2009
Summary: Andy Pettitte lost his perfect game with two outs in the seventh inning on an error by Jerry Hairston Jr., then lost the no-hitter a batter later. Nick Swisher provided the offense with three hits, including a solo home run and an RBI double.
Key stat: Pettitte now has 190 wins as a Yankee and moves into sole possession of third place on the all-time list.
Yankees' record: 83-48
Yankees 8, White Sox 3
August 30, 2009
Summary: Mark Teixeira hit his 32nd home run and drove in four runs to lead the Yankees to a series sweep against the White Sox. Joba Chamberlain, abiding by a new set of rules, started but exited after three innings and 35 pitches.
Key stat: Teixeira reached the 30-homer, 100-RBI mark with his four-RBI day and has reached the mark in six of his first seven seasons. Albert Pujols is the only player to go 7-for-7.
Yankees' record: 82-48
Yankees 10, White Sox 0
August 29, 2009
Summary: Sergio Mitre offered some consistency to the Yankees' fifth spot in the rotation - at least for a day - as the hurler went 6.1 innings, surrendering just one hit. He left with a right arm contusion in the seventh, but Chad Gaudin came in and finished off the White Sox, going 2.2 hitless innings. Five Yankee hitters finished with multiple hits in the romp.
Key stat: Derek Jeter had three hits for the fifth time in his last 12 games.
Yankees' record: 81-48
Yankees 5, White Sox 2
August 28, 2009
Summary: C.C. Sabathia turned in another quality start for the Yankees, allowing two runs in seven innings of work. Chicago starter Mark Buehrle matched the Yankee ace, though, allowing two runs in six innings. Fortunately for New York, Robinson Cano's heroics ensured the Yanks wouldn't go home losers, as the second basemen sent a three-run walkoff home run into the night in the bottom of the 10th to give the Bombers their 80th win.
Key stat: Cano's blast was the Yankees' sixth walkoff home run this season.
Yankees' record: 80-48
Rangers 7, Yankees 2
August 27, 2009
Summary: A.J. Burnett struck out a season-high 12 in six innings, but a three-run homer by Ian Kinsler prevented him from picking up the win. Phil Coke allowed another three-run homer in relief for the Yankees, which lost a series at home for the first time since a mid-June series against the Nationals.
Key stat: Michael Young is batting .421 during his 14-game hit streak.
Yankees' record: 79-48
Yankees 9, Rangers 2
August 26, 2009
Summary: The Yankees jumped out to an early lead once again -- but this time held on with the help of Andy Pettitte, who earned the win to move him into a tie for third place on the Yankees' all-time wins list. Jorge Posada provided an early three-run blast and the Yankees added five more in the seventh to roll to an easy win.
Key stat: Pettitte has 189 wins in New York, which ties him with Lefty Gomez. Hall of Famers Whitey Ford (236) and Red ruffing (231) top the list.
Yankees' record: 79-47
Rangers 10, Yankees 9
August 25, 2009
Summary: After an ineffective start by the heavily rested Joba Chamberlain, the Yankees nearly made an improbable comeback in their last at-bat. Trailing 10-5 entering the ninth, a series of hits moved the Bombers to within 10-9 with a runner on first and second and -- still -- nobody out. Alas, Nick Swisher popped up his bunt attempt and Melky Cabrera lined into a double play to end the game.
Key stat: For only the second time this season -- the other being Opening Day -- the Yankees lost a series opener at home.
Yankees' record: 78-47
Yankees 8, Red Sox 4August 23, 2009
Summary: Any hopes of a pitcher's duel were erased on the first pitch of the game, when Derek Jeter teed off on Josh Beckett for a home run to opposite field. It was the first of five bombs over the bats of the Yanks, as C.C. Sabathia and New York managed to pound Boston's ace, claiming the rubber match in the series.
Key stat: The win for Sabathia moved him to 15-7, in turn making him the Majors' first 15-game winner.
Yankees' record: 78-46
Red Sox 14, Yankees 1August 22, 2009
Summary: Payback was on the mind of the Red Sox in Fenway, as Kevin Youkilis and the Sox offense mugged Yankees starter A.J. Burnett. Young righty Junichi Tazawa pitched masterfully for Boston, holding the potent Bombers' offense scoreless over six innings of work.
Key stat: Burnett's Fenway struggles continued, as the Yankees' starter saw his ERA rise to 14.21 in 12.2 innings of work in Boston this year.
Yankees' record: 77-46
Yankees 20, Red Sox 11August 21, 2009
Summary: The Yankees, led by Hideki Matsui's two homers and seven RBIs, jumped out early and never looked back, winning their fifth consecutive game against the rival Red Sox. Andy Pettitte struggled on the mound, but managed to earn the win thanks to the Bombers' relentless offense.
Key stat: In the long, exciting history of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, no game had ever seen 31 runs plated ... until Friday's victory for New York.
Yankees' record: 77-45
Yankees 3, Athletics 2August 19, 2009
Summary: Mark Teixeira drove in all three runs for the Yankees, who wrapped up another series win on the West Coast. His two-run blast in the fourth inning gave Chad Gaudin a 3-0 lead in his first start with the Yankees. The A's fought back, but Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his 36th save.
Key stat: Alfredo Aceves (8-1) earned the win -- equaling the total of Joba Chamberlain.
Yankees' record: 76-45
Yankees 7, Athletics 2August 18, 2009
Summary: Continuing his dominance in the month of August, CC Sabathia (14-7) overcame two early mistakes to shut down the A?s and earn his fourth straight win. Derek Jeter notched three hits for the third straight day, and knocked in the go-ahead run in the Yankees' five-run sixth inning.
Key stat: A-Rod was hit by a pitch for the eighth time this season. His career high is 21 (2007).
Yankees' record: 75-45
Athletics 3, Yankees 0August 17, 2009
Summary: Brett Tomko, whom the Yankees let go earlier this season, shut down his former team with five scoreless innings in the first game of a three-game set. A.J. Burnett (10-6) pitched a rare complete-game loss, with his one hiccup coming in the fourth inning, when he allowed all three runs on four hits and a balk.
Key stat: The Yankees failed to homer, which they had done in 14 straight games.
Yankees' record: 74-45
Mariners 10, Yankees 3August 16, 2009
Summary: Derek Jeter became the all-time hits leader for a shortstop (2,674), but the Yankees took the loss after a not-so-stellar outing from Joba Chamberlain and the Yankees' pitching staff. The Mariners put the game away with a five-run seventh inning -- most of the damage coming off of Alfredo Aceves.
Key stat: Mariners pitcher Doug Fister struck out four in seven solid innings.
Yankees' record: 74-44
Yankees 5, Mariners 2August 15, 2009
Summary: Alex Rodriguez was back in the lineup, but it was Nick Swisher and Derek Jeter who supplied the offense with two RBIs apiece to give Sergio Mitre (2-1) the win. The Yankees took advantage of an outfield error in the second inning when they plated three.
Key stat: The Yankees' bullpen of David Robertson, Phil Coke and Mariano Rivera allowed no runs on three hits and struck out eight in 3 2/3 innings.
Yankees' record: 74-43
Yankees 4, Mariners 2August 14, 2009
Summary: Mark Teixeira's 30th home run in the top of the ninth inning gave the Yankees the lead and Nick Swisher added an RBI single to set the stage for Mariano Rivera, who picked up his 34th save. Andy Pettitte went six innings, allowing two runs and struck out a season-best 10, before departing with the score tied at 2. Phil Hughes pitched the eighth and got the win.
Key stat: The Yankees are 22-6 since the All-Star break.
Yankees' record: 73-43
Yankees 11, Mariners 1August 13, 2009
Summary: CC Sabathia was brilliant on the hill and Hideki Matsui did it all at the plate as the Yankees began their West Coast trip with a bang. The Yanks' ace earned his 13th win with eight solid innings and 10 strikeouts. Matsui (4-for-5) homered twice and finished with five RBIs and four runs scored.
Key stat: Despite being without Alex Rodriguez or Jorge Posada, the Yankees pounded out 15 hits.
Yankees' record: 72-43
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3 (11)August 12, 2009
Summary: Robinson Cano came through for the Yankees with an 11th-inning single off the wall to drive in the winning run and help the Yankees conclude their homestand with a 6-1 record. Derek Jeter left the game in the third inning after getting hit by a pitch in his first at-bat. Newly acquired Chad Gaudin pitched two extra-inning frames and picked up the win.
Key stat: The Yankees are a major league-best, 41-18 at home this season.
Yankees' record: 71-43
Yankees 7, Blue Jays 5August 11, 2009
Summary: Back-to-back homers by Hideki Matusi and Jorge Posada in the eighth inning helped the Yankees complete a late comeback and get back on the winning track against the Jays. Jesse Carlson allowed both bombs, the second of which was held up after review. Dave Robertson earned the win in relief and Mariano Rivera notched his 33rd save.
Key stat: This was the third straight game in which the Yankees hit back-to-back home runs.
Yankees' record: 70-43