This was a game that could’ve, would’ve and probably should’ve gone the other way from the get-go. Mike Mussina spent 6 innings tossing up meatballs and complaining about balls and strikes. He was a disgrace out there, but the Yankee defense, mostly from Melky Cabrera (2 outfield assists and a nice catch against the wall) saved his bacon. Mussina’s final line: 6 IP, 3 earned runs, 11 hits, 2 walks and 0 Ks. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason why the “Quality start,” is the most useless stat in the history of sports.
Despite Mussina’s tantrums and 82 MPH “fast” balls, the Yanks came away with a 7–6 win, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. They took 3 of 4 from the D-Rays, and picked up a game on the Red Sox in the process.
Today’s note to Mr. Torre:
Player of The Game: Melky Cabrera. This is the first defensive player of the game. Melky had two outfield assists, one when Brendan Harris rounded second too far in the first inning and Melky threw behind him, and the other when Ty Wigginton tried to stretch a single into a double. Melky made a great catch against the wall in left-center (pictured at top of post) and in the ninth, he made a diving attempt at a blooper over the infield, he didn't make the catch, but he kept the ball in front of him, which saved the game. Jeter and Andy Phillips both get honorable mentions.