Wednesday, June 10, 2009

There'll Be No Joy in Taiwan Tonight

Yankees Can’t Avoid Fenway Flop

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NY Yankees
0 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0
5 11 0
1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 X
6 9 0

WP - Wakefield (8-3) SV - Papelbon (15) LP - Wang (0-4)

Another game in Fenway Park, another loss for the New York Yankees. The Bombers dropped to 0-7 against the Red Sox this season, with five of the losses coming on the road in Boston. Wednesday night the Yankees belted three home runs, but couldn’t overcome another horrendous start by Chien-Ming Wang, and fell 6-5. The victory gave the Red Sox sole possession of first place in the AL East.

In Wang’s start against Texas last Thursday he showed a glimmer of his old self, shutting down the Rangers the first time through the lineup. That would not be the case tonight. Wang retired Dustin Pedroia to start the game, but then issued a pair of walks prior to a Jason Bay RBI single. The Yankees tied things up immediately on Jorge Posada’s home run off Tim Wakefield in the 2nd, but the Red Sox tagged Wang for a pair of runs in their half of the inning. George Kottaras doubled in one run and Nick Swisher gave Pedroia a gift when he turned a catchable ball into a run scoring ground-rule double. Wang lasted just 2.2 innings, the second straight night the Yankees starter did not make it out of the 3rd inning, and was charged with 4 earned runs.

Phil Hughes did a great job out of the pen with 3.2 innings of relief. He allowed a 2-run home run to Kevin Youkilis in the 4th, but otherwise kept his team in the game. Down 6-3 in the 6th, Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit back to back home runs off Ramon Ramirez to cut the deficit to a single run. The Yankees had the tying run on second base with one out in each of the final two innings, but couldn’t deliver the big hit.

Hideki Okajima struck out Derek Jeter and Damon to escape the 8th and Jonathan Papelbon struck out Robinson Cano and retired Jorge Posada on a ground out to preserve the lead in the 9th.

Game Notes

Mark Teixiera
was 4-5 with two doubles and a single in addition to his league leading 19th home run. He’s hitting a season high .296 and is batting .343 since May 1st.

Nick Swisher made a tremendous diving catch in right field to take away an extra base hit and had a pretty push bunt for a base hit, but it’s a game he’ll want to forget. Besides completely missing Pedroia’s fly ball in right, he was also doubled off of a first on a soft line out to shortstop by Melky Cabrera. The Yankees had runners on the corners with no one out at the time, so it completely killed a potential rally.

The Yankees were 2-15 with runners in scoring position.

CC Sabathia
will try to salvage the finale of the series Thursday night when he faces veteran Brad Penny.

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