If you thought the Yankees had run out of ways to lose games, you thought wrong. Today’s disgrace of a game featured two unearned runs off of Andy Pettitte, the second coming when Aaron Hill stole home to regain the lead for Toronto in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Yankees came back to tie the game in the eighth, then yielded what would become the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth.
Pettitte deserved better. He went 7.1 innings, giving up 3 runs, only 1 earned, on 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out three.
The Yankee offense was provided by Jason Giambi’s solo shot in the seventh, and a clutch two-out single by Jorge Posada in the eighth. Proctor came in with a runner on third and one out in the bottom of the eighth. He promptly gave up a sacrifice fly to Rios, 3–2 Blue Jays. Game, set, match.
A couple of notes:
- Jason Giambi stole a base off of Jason Phillips. Phillips throws worse than my grandmother, and she’s been dead since 1984, so this is hard to accomplish. This is noteworthy because for some reason, Giambi was the only Yankee to attempt a steal tonight. There were several other opportunities to run, but apparently the Yanks were happy to sit back and wait for a three-run bomb which would never come.
- The Blue Jays, a prototypical “Moneyball” team, on the other hand, stole two bases. Both leading to runs, and laid down two sacrifice bunts. The second bunt led to the winning run.
- It looks like Clemens is going to make his first start for the Yanks on Monday, against the wrong color Sox. The reasoning is that the Yanks have Wang, Mussina and Pettitte set up to face the Red Sox on their regular days rest. This is complete bullshit. If Clemens is going to be the savior, if he is going to earn the king’s ransom spent to bring his bloated ass in here, he HAS to pitch in this series. The Red Sox lead is 14.5 games now. Let Mussina get the extra rest, he probably needs it. God forbid the Yankees give their fans something to get excited about, like Clemens coming back against the Red Sox, in Boston.
Player of the Game: Andy Pettitte, he deserved better than another loss with no run support.