I don’t have much to discuss regarding tonight’s embarrassment.
Chien-Ming Wang started and pitched five innings of six hit ball, allowing three runs and walking one while striking out four. 42 of his 62 pitches went for strikes (68%). If it wasn’t for a Jorge Posada throwing error in the third inning, the game would have been much closer than the 4-0 score.
In the third inning, Posada’s throw to second flew over Derek Jeter’s head, allowing Yunel Escobar to advance to third, and two batters later, Brian McCann doubled home Escobar then Garret Anderson doubled home Chipper Jones and McCann to make it 3-0 with two outs. That was pretty much all the Braves needed tonight.
After Wang was lifted for a pinch hitter (Matsui) in the sixth, Phil Hughes came in and his stuff was electric! In my opinion, Hughes’ appearance tonight was the only good thing happening for the Yanks. His fastball clipped by at 96 MPH and his curveball was snapping across the plate. If anything, Hughes’ appearance was more solid than Wang’s. He struck out two in two frames, with 17 of his 27 pitches going for strikes.
David Robertson allowed a solo homer in the eighth to McCann.
It’s time to make a switcheroo — Hughes has earned the starting role and it’s time to relegate Wang to reliever duty in the bullpen.
The Yankees’ offense was dismal, pitiful, awful, (insert other negative adjectives here). They stranded 12 base runners and simply did not hit against Braves rookie Tommy Hanson. Jorge Posada went 0-4 with 4 strikeouts. A-Rod went 0-4, Tex went 0-3, Swisher went 0-5.
Only Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, and Melky Cabrera got hits (4 total) tonight.
I don’t have much more to say — the Yankees simply did not perform tonight. It’s time for them to have a team meeting and snap out of their interleague funk.
Aside from that, the Yankees are now 15-16 in interleague play under Joe Girardi — they clearly struggle when facing NL teams and with 5 games left this week, they need to get their act together…and fast.
Joba Chamberlain takes the mound tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. I will be on the road from my family home in NY to my home in Maryland during the game, so either I’ll blog the recap on Thursday morning or Trevor will fill you guys in.