It’s late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. If you didn’t watch yesterday’s game, you saw the score. Who wants to read about that? Not me. It was painful then, and I expect that wouldn’t change even if John Updike wrote the recap. So we’ll wave goodbye to this one with a few bullet points.
- Ahhhh! Lefty! Joe Girardi decided to load his lineup with righties today, quality be damned. What resulted was Hideki Matsui, Eric Hinske, and Johnny Damon on the bench while Cody Ransom and, less erroneously, Jerry Hairston started. Turns out, Danks has better numbers against righties this year than lefties. This made Girardi’s decision to let Ransom hit in the sixth all the more baffling.
- Lots of sloppy play, from Swisher foolishly throwing home to Jeter booting a routine grounder.
- 2 for 13. You know what I’m talking about.
- After watching A.J. Burnett in the first, the second just didn’t make sense. He got Beckham swinging on a nasty curve and Dye swinging through a fastball. What happened?
- Walking the No. 9 hitter with the bases loaded is perhaps the least excusable play in baseball. Except, perhaps, intentionally walking the No. 9 hitter to load the bases for the leadoff man…and then walking him.
- Hey, Brian Bruney pitched pretty well until his third inning of work. That’s not his game most of the time. The first 1.1 inning of solid work is encouraging…though I still wouldn’t trust him in a tight spot.
- Go Melancon. Coming into a grueling situation, he got a ground ball double play on his second pitch. That made a painful final inning a little more bearable.
The Yanks need a big start from CC Sabathia this afternoon. Considering the way he pitched last time out, he needs a bit start himself. Mark Buehrle will take the mound for the Sox, so the Yanks need the pitching more than ever.