The Yankees lost this game twice tonight.
At first, New York lost the game when Cory Lidle did his best impression of Kevin Brown and Javier Vazquez pitching Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS.
And, New York lost this game a second time in the top of the 3rd inning. In that frame, while the score was 7-1 (in favor of the O’s), the Yankees had the bases loaded with no outs – and the heart of their order coming to the plate.
Abreu got caught looking. A-Rod flew out. And, then Giambi fouled out.
If one of those three boppers gets a big hit in that spot, the Yankees could have gotten back into the game.
Playing in Camden, if the score is 7-4 after two and a half, you’re still in the game.
Think about that failure for a minute. The Yankees sent over $50 million worth of sluggers to the plate, with no outs, and the bases full, and got just one run. That’s not a good ROI.
Hey, on the bright side today:
1. Karstens pitched well again for the Yankees.
2. Torre did not use either Proctor or Villone in this game.
3. Jeter extended his hitting streak.
4. Boston lost a heart-breaker to the Royals in Fenway.
Lastly, here’s a fun fact: Don’t look now, but, Melky Carbrera, at this point in the season, has a higher 2006 OPS than Ichiro Suzuki. Yeah, he’s never going to have the bat that you expect from a corner outfielder……duh.