Pitcher Craig Breslow ’02 graduated before catcher Ryan Lavarnway ’09 first donned the blue and white, but the Bulldog battery finally teamed up at Yankees Stadium yesterday.
Although it lasted just two pitches, the Boston Red Sox fielded the first all-Yale battery in the Major Leagues since 1883 when Breslow entered the game with one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the eighth.
“I got a lot smarter having them out there,” Boston manager Bobby Valentine said after the game, according to ESPN.
After a first-pitch ball, Breslow induced an inning-ending double play off the bat of All Star second baseman Robinson Cano. The Red Sox held on to their lead and won 4-1 to improve to just 6–11 since Lavarnway and Breslow became teammates Aug. 1.
The victory was also the first time that two former Elis have played together on the winning side of a Major League game. Boston had lost all three previous games in which both Lavarnway and Breslow appeared.
The only other time two Yalies have played together on a Major League team was on Sept. 15, 1883, when pitcher Jack Jones ’83 and catcher Al Hubbard ’83 and the Philadelphia Athletics were routed 11-0 by Cincinnati. The franchise that would become the Boston Red Sox was not founded for another 18 years after that game.