A wasted Phil Hughes performance…
From the movie, Hangover
Hughes did his part. Unfortunately, no one else did. Pitching into the 6th inning with only one run allowed, Hughes saw a potential victory evaporate in the hands of relievers Boone Logan and David Robertson.
Thanks, in part, to a throwing error by Jorge Posada in the 8th, and a subsequent hit by Cesar Izturis, the Baltimore Orioles had the insurance run they would need to hold off a late rally by the Yankees.
A fielder’s choice groundout by Alex Rodriguez in the 9th inning ended the game after two runs had scored in the inning to bring the Yanks within one run, 5-4. The blazing hot Robinson Cano was left standing in the on-deck circle.
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This was a very disappointing performance by the Yankees, who have been very uninspired of late in losing four of the last five games. Not even a Monday trip to Washington to meet President Barack Obama helped motivate the squad.
After a terrific start, the Yankees are now 12-7, 2 ½ games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. The Boston Red Sox have won two straight to pull within 3 games of the Yankees and into third place.
In typical Curt Schilling fashion, controversial remarks were abound as he indicated Yankees pitcher Javier Vazquez was not an American League guy. Manager Joe Girardi defended Vazquez. “Guys are asked to analyze situations, and so they make their analysis. We still believe Javy’s going to be successful, and he’s going to pitch at a very high level for us.” I hope Joe’s right, but I have to admit I had the same reservations when I first heard the Yankees had re-acquired Vazquez. His greatest successes have come in Montreal and Atlanta, both National League cities. I am still hopeful Javy will succeed in the Bronx but the concerns and fears will remain until he proves me wrong…
Hats off to San Francisco pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for outdueling the great Roy Halladay in the Giants’ 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies last night.
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Unfortunately, I saw it coming…
I knew that the Yankees tie with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night was going to be short-lived. For whatever reason, the Yankees cannot beat the Los Angeles Angels, and last night’s game was further evidence.
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Joba Chamberlain had 5-1 lead in the fifth inning when the wheels came off. The crushing blow was a three-run home run by Kendry Morales that tied the game.
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The Angels proceeded to score five more runs in the 6th and 7th innings (against Mark Melancon and Brian Bruney) to pull away. The Angels won the game, 10-6.
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Earlier in the evening, the Boston Red Sox had defeated the Kansas City Royals, 1-0, so the first place tie quickly evaporated into a one game deficit (I know, Julia is lovin’ every minute of it!).
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Alex Rodriguez did hit his 568th home run to pull within one of Rafael Palmeiro for 10th place on the All-Time HR List. But his error in the fifth did not help anybody…well, except for the Angels…
Joe Girardi keeps talking about Joba’s inexperience and youth as reasons for his struggles, but it is really up to Joba to decide if he wants to be a frontline starter. The excuses from Girardi are getting kind of old…
“I don’t expect him to be perfect, I don’t. He’s probably got about 30 starts under his belt in the big leagues. That’s not a ton of starts”, Girardi said after the game. “You can’t just focus on this kid. We had other chances to win this game and we didn’t do it.”
The Yankees continue their series against the Angels. I wish I could say that I am confident, but unfortunately, I am not. Andy Pettitte pitches today, and of course, he has been consistently inconsistent this season. There was a time when Andy could be counted on to follow a loss with a win, but those times have long since passed. I am definitely a ‘glass is half empty’ kind of guy today…
Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants, for throwing the first no-hitter of the 2009 season against the San Diego Padres. An error by Juan Uribe cost Sanchez a perfect game, but he was absolutely outstanding in the 8-0 victory. He had 11 strikeouts as a replacement starter for Randy Johnson who was earlier placed on the DL. Sanchez has been mentioned as possible trade bait, so the no-hitter will certainly enhance the Giants’ ability to get quality in return. Nick Johnson anyone?
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Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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With a home run in last night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Manny tied Mickey Mantle for 15th place on the All-Time HR List with 536 home runs. It is sad to see the Mick soon fall out of the Top 15, and eventually the Top 20…
Angel Berroa, who was released by the Yankees last week, for signing a minor league deal with the New York Mets. Good luck with that…
Alex Rodriguez, who moments ago homered in today’s game against the Angels for his 569th home run, tying Rafael Palmeiro for 10th Place. The Yankees have a very early 2-0 lead. Next stop, Harmon Killebrew at 573 home runs…