Another night, another loss, another game further back in the stands. 14.5 to be exact. I've run out of adjectives to describe just how badly this team is playing. The series win over Boston was obviously a mirage.
I'll give the Yankees this - they seem to find a different way to lose every day. Tonight's winner was a steal of home by the Jay's Aaron Hill. Hill took a huge lead off of third with lefty Andy Pettitte's back to him. By the time Alex Rodriguez, and anyone else, yelled, and Jorge Posada jumped out from behind home plate, it was too late. Hill slid in ahead of Pettitte's pitch to give the Jays a 2-1 lead after 7 complete.
The Yankees managed to tie it up in the 8th with the help of a couple of Blue Jay errors. Jorge Posada singled in Derek Jeter to knot things up at 2-2, but closer Jeremy Accardo came on to strike out Jason Giambi, who had earlier homered, and get Bobby Abreu on a weak grounder to first (is it just me or does Abreu have 1 or 2 of them a game?).
The tie was short lived though as Adam Lind lead off the bottom of the 8th with a deep double to left and moved to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt by John McDonald. Joe Torre decided to bring in Scott Proctor to face right handed hitting Alex Rios. Proctor nearly had Rios called out on a strikes, but his full count pitch was then driven to deep center for a sacrifice fly and the difference in the ball game. As usual, the Yankees mounted no threat in the 9th.
Pettitte pitched his guts out again, only to have nothing positive come from it...again. Of the 3 runs he allowed in 7.1 innings, only 1 was earned due to errors by Jeter and A-Rod. The Yankees have scored 9 runs in Pettitte's 4 losses, not to mention the leads the bullpen has blown after he left the game.
Giambi's home run was his 1st in 7 games and just his 3rd of the month. More shocking is the '1' now for his stolen base total. Blue Jay's shortstop Royce Clayton dropped the throw from catcher Jason Phillips and was charged with an error, but Giambi was still credited with a steal.
Another 5-hit night for the "Bombers" as 6 starters took the collar.