We continue our series detailing the history of the Colorado Rockies against American League teams with a look at previous encounters with the New York Yankees.
Since interleague play began, the Colorado Rockies and New York Yankees have met 22 times, with the Bronx Bombers holding a 12-10 series edge. In Denver, the Rockies are 7-4 against the Yankees while Colorado is 3-8 in games played in the Bronx.
Let’s start our flashback by looking at games that have been played inside old and new Yankee Stadium.
The Rockies last visited the Yankees in July of 2019, losing two of three games. Former Rockies DJ LeMahieu and Mike Tauchman made big impacts in the series opener as the Yankees took an 8-2 decision. LeMahieu, a two-time All-Star in Colorado, went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI while Tauchman, traded just four months before for reliever Phillip Diehl, went 3-for-4 and scored two runs, both times being plated by LeMahieu.
Colorado split a pair of games with the Yankees in their 2016 visit to New York. Coming off an 8-4 win, the Rockies were looking for a sweep. However, Rockies reliever Jason Motte gave up a home run to Starlin Castro to lead off the bottom of the ninth to break the hearts of Colorado fans.
In June of 2004, marking Colorado’s first visit to the Bronx, New York posted a three-game sweep. New York pitcher Javier Vazquez outdueled Colorado’s Jeff Fassero and Mariano Rivera recorded his 24th save as the Yankees won the series opener, 2-1.