Since I don’t feel much like writing cohesive paragraphs or sentences, we’ll do this the good-bad-ugly way.
The Good: Yanks score 7 runs in 1.2 innings. Robinson Cano draws three walks for the first time in his career. Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu went a combined 8 for 16 with 4 runs scored, 3 RBI and 1 stolen base. The Yanks now find themselves 1.5 games behind the Mariners and 4.5 games behind Cleveland for the Wild Card lead. That’s four in the loss side for those keeping track at home.
The Bad: Alex Rodriguez, trying to reach that 500 HR plateau, went 0 for 4. Melky Cabrera went 0 for 4 and stranded 7 runners. The Yanks overall left 9 runners in scoring position with two outs.
The Ugly: The Yanks knock out 13 hits and draw 9 walks yet score just 9 runs. They really should have plated 15, but I’m just being greedy. Chien-Ming Wang threw just 60 percent of his pitches for strikes. A 9-4 game against the Royals took 4 hours and 1 minute to complete.