A pretty depressing night for Yankee fans. The bombers worked Dice K over again (he’s not the real deal), but Pettitte couldn’t hold the lead, and didn’t make it out of the fifth inning. Final score, 11–4. This stretches the Yanks losing streak to seven games, their longest since Y2K.
Starting pitching is the culprit, yet again. Nothing has really changed with the pitching staff since the first week of the season. The starters can’t go deep into games, and the pen is completely over-worked. The only difference between the 8–13 team you see now, and the 8–6 team of a little over a week ago is that the bats have gone cold.
Abreu is mired in a 1 for 23 slump, A-Rod has cooled off, Doug is a disgrace, Damon can’t buy a hit. The Yanks face Tim Wakefield tomorrow, ESPN says Giambi will make his first start at first base in the game, hopefully we won’t have to see Doug at all.
The turning point of this game was the fourth inning. Even though home-plate umpire Brian Runge had the most liberal strike zone I’ve seen in quite some time (not to mention the 10 second delay before he called strikes), Dice K walked the bases loaded. Cano then struck out, and Doug popped out to the shortstop. The Yanks did manage to score 4 runs in the inning, but they could’ve, and should’ve absolutely blown the lid off the game.
So far this year, Dice K’s pitching line against the Yankees: 13 IP, 10 earned runs, 13 hits, 5 walks and 14 K’s. An ERA of 6.92. The most amazing stat is that he’s 2–0 in those starts.
Player of the Game: Derek Jeter. 3 for 5 with a RBI.