I’d love to be able to blame tonight’s loss on terrible hitting, or poor defense, or shoddy starting pitching, or a miserable bull pen performance. Unfortunately, sometimes you just can’t do that. Sometimes you have to tip your cap to the opponent. Tonight was one of those nights. Jarrod Washburn was masterful, going 8 shutout innings before turning the ball over the J.J. Putz to close out the 3–0 Mariner win.
Abreu’s misery at the plate continues, he was 0–4 tonight with 2 Ks. His average is now .243 and I’m actually shocked that it’s that high. He is not himself at the plate, and I think he needs a day or two off to think about things. Having an automatic out at the top of the lineup is killing the offense.
Jeter and Posada continue to mash the ball. Jeter’s average is up to .368 and Posada stands at .358. Darrell Rasner didn’t have great stuff tonight, but he he turned in a serviceable five innings, allowing all three Mariner runs. The pen did its job. Scott Proctor came in for two scoreless, lowering his ERA to 3.72. Proctor actually wanted to come in for a third, but Torre and Guidry thought better of it. Bruney pitched a scoreless eighth. Bruney has now appeared in 19 games, he’s only allowed a run in two of those games. It’s about time Joe made Bruney a late inning guy. I’d feel a lot more comfortable with Proctor/Bruney for the seventh and eighth than I do with Proctor and Farnsworth.
Player of the Game: Scott Proctor, 2 IP, zeroes across the board.