So Close, Yet So Far Away…


The tie with the Boston Red Sox was very short-lived…


Humility.JPGMuch to Julia‘s happiness and my dismay, the Yankees lost to the Philadelphia Phillies while the Boston Red Sox pounded the New York Mets.


Credit: Winslow Townson/AP


Melky Cabrera’s game-tying single in the bottom of the 9th inning  brought visions of yet another walk-off win, but unfortunately, this time there were no late inning heroics.  It appeared that it could have happened in the 10th inning when both Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter singled, but Mark Teixeira hit into a double-play.  After a walk to Alex Rodriguez, Ramiro Pena flied out to end the inning.

In the top of the 11th inning with Brett Tomko on the mound, Chase Utley drew a walk and promptly stole second.  Carlos Ruiz doubled to score Utley with the eventual winning run.  This day clearly belonged to Ruiz, who had 3 hits on the day (and was 7-for-12 for the series).  He tagged Johnny Damon at out the plate when Damon tried to score on a Mark Teixeira single.  He also threw out speedy Brett Gardner on an unsuccessful attempt to steal second.


Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images


There is a new AL East leader as the Red Sox moved in front of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 12-5 rout of the Mets.  The Blue Jays lost to the Atlanta Braves, 10-2.  So, the Yankees are back in 3rd place, a game behind the Red Sox.  The Jays are in 2nd, a ½ back.


(Left to right) Kevin Youkilis, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dustin Pedroia all scored on Youkilis' three-run home run in the seventh.

Credit:  Bill Greene/Boston Globe staff 

The Yankees now head to Arlington, Texas to face the Texas Rangers.  The Rangers lead the AL West by 3 ½ games over the Los Angeles Angels (with a record of 26-17).  I wonder how the Texas crowd will react to A-Rod.  There is a little something that Alex admitted to doing while a member of the 2003 Texas Rangers, so it’ll be time to face the music…


A Rod.JPGThe Yankees played in their 11th consecutive game without an error, which has set a new franchise record.   Despite today’s loss, the Yankees finished a very successful home stand with a mark of 8-2.  Hopefully, they’ll continue this level of play as they take the show on the road. 

Go Yankees!



  1. juliasrants

    Scott – how was your afternoon? Mine was GREAT!!! Did you happen to see the standings for the AL East this afternoon? Oh, from reading your blog I guess you did. But just in case you missed it – I’ve posted it on my blog! 😉 Oh – and great minds think a like! Love the picture of Youk after hitting his home run; now where have I seen that before…… And good luck in Texas – seriously I do wonder how the Texas fans will react. It could be a tough time for the team. I hope that all goes well and that the fans realize that A-Rod’s action are not a reflection of the NY Yankees.

    Have a great night!


  2. crazy19canuck

    Scott – How goes the quest to sign Bay? I hope you guys enjoy Texas! Remember not to underestimate Kinsler!

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