Credit where credit is due. Mike Mussina pitched a quality game tonight. He wasn't overpowering, he didn't have nasty stuff, but he still put five zeros on the board, and got the win
in his return to the rotation. Moose's final line: 5.2 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 3 walks, 1 K.
Edwar came in to bail Mussina out in the sixth, and worked out of a minor pickle. Then it was time for Joba. The big kid's scoreless-inning streak came to an end tonight. Thanks to an A-Rod error in the bottom of the eighth, an unearned run scored off Joba, and he wasn't able to finish the eighth inning (due to pitch count). The Joba/Gagne graphic has been updated to reflect tonight's game. Nothing to worry about here, Joba was fine, he gave up one double, but would've worked out of the jamb had A-Rod made that play.
Another good win for the Bombers, their 7th in a row, but their bats were silent. They managed only 4 hits, and the sense of urgency didn't seem to be there. Let's hope they regain it quickly and put up double-digits for Ian Kennedy tomorrow.
The Sox came back to beat Tampa, again, on a bullsh!t walk-off bomb by David Ortiz. If Delmon Young wasn't a horrible right fielder he would've caught the ball, and it looked to me like the ball wasn't even out of the park, but a fan reached over and brought it into the stands. Oddly, no commentary on SportsCenter about the play, just more false statements like, "The Yankees aren't winning the A.L. East," and Bill Belichick apologies.
The Yanks will go into the weekend series a minimum of four games back in the loss column, so they still don't control their own destiny. Disappointing, but if they extend this seven-game winning streak to 11, they'll be 1.5 games back, 1 game back in the loss column with 13 games to go. It all starts tomorrow, with Ian Kennedy going against the oft-injured A.J. Burnett. I expect the Yanks to make it a short night for Burnett.Player of The Game:
Robinson Cano, 1 for 4, 2 RBI. His two-run single gave the Yanks all the breathing room they'd need. He also notched 11 assists at second base, including a couple spectacular plays.