Sunday, August 16, 2009

Yang Beats Tiger in PGA...Oh and Yankees Lose

Yang's homage to the NHL

I was smart enough to shut off the Yankees game when they fell behind 7-3 and put on the last 3 holes of the PGA Tournament. The Yankees losing these days is a rarity, just as it is for Tiger Woods to lose a lead in a major PGA tournament, but that's exactly what happened.

Tiger, 0-3 in the prior majors this year, led for the first three rounds, but Y.E. Yang closed in and took a 1 stroke lead on Sunday. Both golfers bogeyed 17 and then Yang hit an amazing shot on 18 to set up a close out birdie. Tiger's approach to 18 landed in the rough and ruined his chances.

As for the Yankees, feh. That one word sums it up. Joba Chamberlain had another one of those outings that gives you fits (5 IP, 4 ER) and the bullpen, so good of late, was awful. Al Aceves, coming off a combined 7 scoreless innings against the Blue Jays and Red Sox, gave up 4 runs in just over an inning. Since developing some shoulder soreness in July, he's been scored upon in 4 of 6 outings. Newcomer Chad Gaudin was charged with a pair of runs and allowed 3 of 4 inherited runners to score.

The offense didn't do much against David Fister, who picked up his first major league win. Derek Jeter had given the Yankees a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the 2nd, and after falling behind 2-1, Nick Swisher homered (for the 2nd straight game) with a man aboard for a 3-2 Yankees lead. But Chamberlain coughed it up in the 5th, giving up a pair of 2-out hits to put the Yankees in the hole for good.

Record Breaker

Another record now belongs to Derek Jeter. The Captain passed Luis Apiricio for most hits in a career by a shortstop when he picked up his 2,674 hit while playing the position. Overall, Jeter has 2,688 hits and is just 33 hits behind another captain, Lou Gehrig, for most career hits as a Yankee.

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