If your offense pounds out 16 hits and scores 11 runs, there is absolutely no way you can lose the game. If you’re staked to a 5–0 lead in the bottom of the first, you should be ashamed of yourself if you lose the game. If your offense knocks out the opposing starter after 3.2 innings, and scores 7 runs off him, you should be sent to AAA after blowing the game.
Tonight, the Yanks accomplished all of those offensive goals, and still lost the game 15–11 to the Seattle Mariners.
As brilliant as Kei Igawa was on Saturday against the Red Sox in relief, he was equally horrendous tonight. He lasted only 4 innings, giving up 8 earned on 9 hits, 1 walk and 2 Ks. That line is atrocious, but it wasn’t even close to the worst pitching line of the night for the Bombers. Colter Bean takes home that honor: 0.0 innings, 4 earned on 2 hits and 2 walks. Colter, do not pass Go, do not collect $200, proceed directly to Scranton.
The Yankee offense was spectacular tonight. Damon and Abreu both broke out of their slumps, combining to go 6 for 11 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBIs. The only Yankee player held without a hit was Derek Jeter, who snapped his 20–game hitting streak with an 0 for 6. A-Rod picked up a clutch two-out, two-run double when the game was still in question.
Player of the Game: As odd as it may seem, I’m giving the player of the game award to a pitcher. Mike Myers came in and jumped on the grenade for the Yanks tonight. Myers went 4 innings, allowing only 1 run on 42 pitches. His yeoman work out of the pen allowed the Yanks to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, and more importantly, saved Proctor, Bruney, Henn, Farnsworth and Mo from having to waste their arms in this lost cause of a game.
Side Note: Dice-K or Igawa, who’s the bigger bust? I’m giving the nod to Dice-K because his sucking-ass per dollar ratio is higher. Pius, there’s a chance Igawa will be getting lit up in AAA soon, there’s no way the Sox send Dice-K down.