I don’t think last night could have been any worse except that the Yankees might have allowed a blowout loss to the Texas Rangers. Let’s sum up what went wrong last night.
- There was a two and half hour rain delay. That’s sure to put players in a dour mood. Especially the starting pitcher.
- Joba had nothing. He did strike out a few, but he also walked some and allowed hits. He had 80 pitches in 4 innings.
- Melky Cabrera got hurt running into the wall in the first inning.
- The Yankees stranded 12 runners on base and only scored two of them (2 for 12 RISP).
- Toronto, Boston, and Tampa all lost so the Yankees lost a chance to be tied with Boston for first.
- Nick Swisher is starting to really stink. He hit .219 with the White Sox and in May, Swisher is .119 with 8 RBI and 2 home runs, and he has struck out 25 times. He is making David Ortiz look good in comparison.
The Yankees did show a little fight, Mark Teixeira cut the Rangers’ 3-0 lead to two with a solo homer in the fifth, and then tied it in the sixth. Brett Gardner led off the sixth with a single, then stole second and scored on a Hideki Mastui RBI double. Two batters later Francisco Cervelli drove in Matsui with an RBI single to tie things up.
Alfredo Aceves came in and after a solid first inning in relief he failed to keep the Yankees in the game. He gave the lead right back to the Rangers in the bottom of the sixth. Aceves allowed two more runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Phil Coke came in to get out of Aceves’ jam in the seventh but then allowed another run in the bottom of the eighth on another Chris Davis solo homer. This is the 5,440th home run allowed by Coke when he comes in relief. After Morneau and Mauer (of the Twins) last week, you would think Coke has some kind of habit of allowing home runs.
David Robertson replaced Coke in his first appearance since being called up, and retired the only three batters he faced.
On the positive side of tonight’s frustrating loss, Brett Gardner had a great game replacing Cabrera. He went 3-for-5, with three stolen bases and a run scored.
It will be a big game for A.J. Burnett as the Yanks look to take the rubber game of this three-game set. Burnett hasn’t won a game since April 14th and has struggled virtually every time out since then, it’s about time he goes out and pitches a good game.
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|Cabrera, M, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.323|
2B: Matsui (9, Millwood).
HR: Teixeira (14, 5th inning off Millwood, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Damon; Teixeira 4; Rodriguez, A; Cano 2; Gardner 3; Matsui 3; Cervelli.
RBI: Teixeira (37), Matsui (15), Cervelli (4).
2-out RBI: Teixeira.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, A; Cervelli; Cano; Teixeira; Gardner.
GIDP: Cervelli; Swisher; Damon.
Team RISP: 2-for-12.
Team LOB: 12.
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