Jul
25

All good things…

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Coming into this afternoon’s contest against the A’s, the Yanks had not lost a game in 13 days. Their most recent L came on the eve of the All Star Break against the Angels in Anaheim.

And so, facing a pitcher who was 1-2 with an ERA of 9.33, the Yankees couldn’t plate any runs and were victimized by their own bad relief pitching. Despite a rally in the 8th and a threat in the 9th, the Comeback Kids couldn’t come back and fell 6-4 to the A’s. Their eight-game winning streak is over, and now Yankee fans’ eyes will be on Boston where Jon Lester will face Jeremy Guthrie and the Orioles tonight.

For the first five innings, the game breezed by. The Yanks had no hits until Melky bunted for a single in the 5th, and Andy Pettitte and Gio Gonzalez matched 0′s. In the 6th, the Yanks broke through. A one-out Derek Jeter walk followed by a Brett Gardner triple gave the Yanks the lead. Mark Teixeira and A-Rod could not get that second run in, a part of the Yanks’ 0 for 5 effort with runners in scoring position.

In the 7th, clinging to a 1-0 lead, the wheels came off. Pettitte gave up a lead-off double to Scott Hairston and walked Nomar Garciaparra. Jack Cust flew out, but then Rajai Davis singled home Hairston and Bobby Crosby bunted for a hit to load the bases. Joe Girardi relieved Pettitte a few batters to late, and Alfredo Aceves simply could not do the job.

Ace got Mark Ellis to pop out with the bases loaded and was 0-2 on Landon Powell. Then, he caved. He threw a fat 0-2 pitch — and 89-mph fastball right over the plate — that Powell lined into left field. 3-1 A’s. Adam Kennedy singled. 4-1 A’s. Orlando Cabrera doubled. 6-1 A’s. Out went Aceves and out went the Yanks’ winning streak.

In the 8th, the Yanks mounted a comeback. Derek Jeter hit a two-run home run, and Mark Teixeira added a solo shot to bring the Yanks to within two. To start the 9th, Melky and Johnny Damon walked, but Posada deflated that rally with a double play. Jeter flew out to end the game and the winning streak.

It’s tough to complain about an 8-1 stretch, but the Yanks were shut down by a pitcher who gave up 11 runs last time out. More alarming, though, was Aceves’ appearance. Andy Pettitte gets the loss today, but Aceves allowed all three inherited runners to score and two of his own as well. He just didn’t get the job done and hasn’t for much of July. On the month, he has thrown 13.1 innings, giving up 11 hits and 7 earned runs for a pedestrian ERA of 4.72. Pitching slumps happen, but this one hurts.

The Yanks will turn the ball over to Sergio Mitre tomorrow afternoon as they look to win another series and start a new winning streak. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again.

Categories : Game Stories

77 Comments»

  1. Danny says:

    ugh, maybe im just being a greedy yankee fan but i really felt we should have won today.

    oh well, mitre to the rescue!

  2. Salty Buggah says:

    Dissapointing but that rally (except Robbie failing w/ RISP again and the DP) made me feel a bit better about the loss, if possible cuz I hate losses like today. So close, but there yet. One or two more hit or one less hit by Ace/Andy, we probably win.

    • Danny says:

      yep, i feel like with this team if you keep the game within 3-4 runs its more than likely they will come back. Those 2 extra runs Ace gave up realy hurt. I also think Joe should have taken andy out when he originally came to the mound.

      • Salty Buggah says:

        Well, I wasnt happy either when Andy was left in. However, since Ace blew up, it didn’t matter much. Besides, Andy had been lights out all day so Im only angry in hindsight, I didnt mind it much at the time.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Actually, we were a strike away from probably winning. If only Powell had struck out on that 0-2 count instead of singling.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Eh, I think it’s a bit premature to label this month a slump – his only other bad outing of the month came against the Twins when he made that emergency start (3.1, 3 ER).

      As for every outher outing that came in relief coming into today, he’s put up the following line: 14.2 IP; 5.50 K/BB ratio; 1.22 ERA.

      He’s been absolutely fine this month.

  3. Rich James says:

    Ace might have hit a little dead arm period….nice to see bruney with a good inning though

  4. Zach says:

    “He just didn’t get the job done and hasn’t for much of July”
    is that a fair statement?
    yes he blew up today but before today for July (in relief) he had 9.2 IP, 3H, 3ER

  5. Conan says:

    Why wouldn’t Girard use Phil Coke to face lefty-hitting Landon Powell or Adam Kennedy?

  6. V says:

    You also NEED a strikeout guy in that situation.

    This Joe is much like the old Joe when it comes to having his ‘favorites’.

    Otherwise, I’m already getting irritated at the zOMG Cano sucks in scoring position shit. He SMOKED that ball in the 8th.

    • Conan says:

      It was Swisher’s fault – he had the audacity to get in scoring position with 2 out and Cano coming to the plate. Doesn’t he know Cano can’t hit in those situations?

  7. Jake H says:

    We knew it was going to happen. The lineup that they ran out there wasn’t the A+ lineup.

  8. Eric says:

    Pettitte pitched an incredible game today, great defensively and really showed tremendous control and variations of pitches. Its disappointing that he got the loss, espically since his past 2 consecutive starts he has pitched brilliantly and yet the offense has not delievered runs against sub par pitching. It is good to see though that he and joba have certainly picked themselves up within the 2nd half and we have to hope that his pitching continues like this for the rest of the year.

    • Gabriel says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s frustrating, but hey it happens when you play 162 of these . These will even out at the end of the year as pettitte will have sub par outings and walk away with the Win

  9. Danny says:

    how dare molina call for that hit by Powell, see Posada is a better catcher.

    ;)

  10. Jersey says:

    I just got back home and saw TB and TOR are in extra innings. After the way they started that game, if TOR loses it’s going to piss me off more than the Yanks’ loss today.

  11. Danny says:

    Positives:
    1. Bruney seems to be coming back to form which will make our BP even stronger.

    2. Even if we loose tomorrow it was an 8-2 homestand and thats great.

    3. No matter what the Sux do tonight we are still in first place.

    4. The team fought hard till the last out (unlike last year)

    5. And finally, at least we didnt give up a 9-1 lead, you suck blue jays!

  12. Dela G says:

    there is always tomorrow

  13. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    Benjamin, seems like you’re complaining a bit too much about the loss. What did you expect? We win every game? That’s baseball. Happpens.

    By the way, it’s a GOOD thing Ace is having his pitching slump now when we’re rolling than if we were struggling. Especially since Bruney did well.

  14. Salty Buggah says:

    In hindsight, if we had not ran out our B (or C?) lineup, we might have had a better chance. I don’t mind it as everyone needs a rest, especially with the Rays series next. I’m sure some people will feel this way (Nomaas already complained)and blame Girardi for the loss. But this is all in hindsight. We should have won anyway if we had hit a struggling pitcher in Gio Gonzalez or if Andy/Ace didn’t blow up in the 6th or if we got a couple of hits with RISP.

  15. Jersey says:

    Jays are not going down without a fight….

  16. Andy says:

    Rays aren’t going away.

    • Danny says:

      they have been playing like this for a while now but they still dont gain much ground. If the yanks slump the Sox are usually rolling and when the Sox slump the yanks are rolling so its basically a loose/loose situation for them in terms of the division in which they are still 5.5 back

      and as long as we keep winning series then the division or wildcard is ours to loose.

  17. Mike HC says:

    It seemed like Girardi thought he could win this game with the Yanks entire bench playing. This loss came down to the fact that Girardi put our AAAA team out there. Ransom, Molina, Gardner and Melky all in the lineup. It was rather predictable that the Yanks were not going to score that many runs today. This is just about the most beatable line up the Yanks could put out there. Hughes was unavailable, our 4/5th starter was going. I know the A’s team is pretty weak, but it seemed like of those games Girardi was willing to let up on.

    • rzg says:

      Since you’re such a genius KNOWING the Yanks would lose before game time please let us all know how much you made betting for the A’s to win on such a sure thing

      • Mike HC says:

        If you read carefully enough, I said that it was “predictable” that the Yanks offense would be a bit down today. You don’t have to be Nostradamus to see Posada, Matsui and Damon all on the bench. If those three guys were on the A’s, they would be their top three hitters. It stands to reason that the Yanks offense would have been better if those three were playing and even a three year old could have made that prediction before the game. I didn’t say I knew they would lose. Even without those guys the Yanks are still probably better than the A’s right now. I was just saying Girardi clearly put out a very beatable team compared to the Yanks A lineup.

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