The Yankees and Red Sox had me on an emotional roller coaster for the past half hour or so. I'm on a quasi-working vacation in Mass. for the week, so I was watching the Yanks on my computer, and the Sox on local TV. The Sox nearly came back to win against the D-Rays. The yanks followed a miracle comeback up with a gut-wrenching loss.
You can't complain when the opposing team beats your best, and Mo is our best. At least we can take solace in the choke-job Manny Ramirez pulled in Boston. Al Reyes struck him out with the tying run on second on his 33rd pitch of the inning. I'm feeling optimistic, so I'm going to take this as a lucky break, not a missed opportunity.
Phil Hughes didn't have his best stuff today, but it looked to me like he was getting squeezed by the home plate ump. I can point to at least five pitches, at critical junctures, which were called balls for Hughes. Bedard was getting those calls. I guess it sucks to be a rookie. Even with the bad calls, Hughes wasn't as sharp as we in his last start. Missing from his repertoire seems to be the straight change he was using to get lefties out earlier in the season. I don't know if he lost confidence in it, or maybe he just doesn't have the feel for it, but he needs it. Even without his good stuff, if not for a costly error (by Hughes himself) he would've only given up one run. Them's the breaks.
Speaking of rookies, Edwar Ramirez's return to the Bronx today was triumphant. The Urkel look-a-like went 2.1 innings allowing 1 hit (on a bunt by Jay Payton), while striking out three. His change was devastating, to say the least. The Oriole hitters looked relieved to see Mariano come in for the 10th.Player of The Game
: Shelley Duncan, 2 for 4, 1 run, 3 RBI, 1 HR. Also a great throw from right field to bail Hughes out early in the game.