In a week full of games in which the New York Yankees needed to make a statement, it was Starlin Castro that made the biggest impact of all. He posted nine hits in 26 at-bats as the Yanks took three of four from the first place Baltimore Orioles and split the first two contests against the San Francisco Giants. He also helped the Bombers hold off what would have been a brutal three game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox.
It started last Sunday as New York dropped the first two games coming out of the All-Star Break against the Sox. On Sunday, Castro went 2 for 4 and accounted for two of his club’s three runs as the Yanks avoided the sweep with a 3-1 victory. His fifth inning double tied the game and he scored the go-ahead run in the same frame on Austin Romine‘s single. On Monday, Castro singled in three at-bats as New York took the opening game from the Orioles by a score of 2-1. The following evening was his big game of the week as his two-run home run in the first inning put the Yankees on the board and his two-run double in the eighth inning gave them a big 5-1 lead on the way to a 7-1 win. After going 0-3 the follow day in which the Bombers win their fourth straight game, Castro provided the only highlight with an RBI single as the Yanks failed to complete the sweep of the Birds. Against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants Friday night, the second baseman went 3 for 4 and drove in the first run of the game in a 3-2 Yankee victory. Saturday was a rough day for Castro, who went 0 for 5 and the Bombers’ offense as they dropped a 2-1 decision in 12 innings to San Francisco.
The Yankees posted a 5-2 record over the last seven games in order to remain on the fringes of playoff contention. This was in large part to Starlin Castro, subwaybaseball’s Yankees Player of the Week.
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