Here’s a box score combination you don’t see every day: five RBIs and three caught stealing.
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that McCann is the first Yankees catcher to have five RBIs and three caught stealing in a game (which means Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra and Jorge Posada never did it) and the first catcher on any team to have such a combo since current Tigers manager Brad Ausmus did in 2003 for the Astros against the Cardinals (he said at the time, “Usually it takes me a month to do all that.”)
McCann’s first-inning home run gave him 21 homers this season. He’s on the verge of his first 25-HR season. Elias notes that he has the most home runs of any active player who hasn’t hit 25 yet.
McCann’s last home run was also a three-run home run. His nine 20-homer seasons are surpassed by only three players whose primary position was catcher: Mike Piazza (11), Johnny Bench (11), and Berra (10).
McCann’s five three-run home runs are one shy of the major-league lead, trailing only Carlos Gonzalez.
McCann’s three-hit night helped get him out of an offensive slump. He entered the day 4-for-30 in his previous nine games.
The one thing missing from McCann’s night was a walk-off RBI. He nearly had one when his fly ball to deep left center was misplayed into a double. But Greg Bird had to hold to see if the ball was caught and only went from second to third.
Chase Headley was the beneficiary, netting a walk-off on his ground ball to shortstop. That gave the Yankees their sixth last-at-bat win this season, tied with the Athletics for fewest in the majors.
McCann’s caught-stealing rates have been significantly better since joining the Yankees last season. He has thrown out 39 of 121 base stealers (32 percent) over the past two seasons.
From 2005 to 2013, he threw out only 21 percent of attempted base stealers.
The rest of McCann’s defense has not been up to his past standards this season, at least per advanced stats. He had eight defensive runs saved last season, but has dropped to minus-7 in 2015.