The Yankees entered this game sitting in hot water. And, now, they’re just about cooked.
As a result of this loss, New York needs to win the next two games – just to stay somewhat alive in the Wildcard chase. Yes, winning the next two only keeps them slightly alive – as New York would still be ice skating uphill after that…having to face the Blue Jays next and then go on a killer road trip for ten games starting on September 1st.
Worse, while the Yankees must win the next two games – again, just to barely stay alive in the ‘card race – Boston is sitting in the driver’s seat now (for this series) as they get to face Sidney Ponson tomorrow and they will have Jon Lester (who is murder on left-handed batters) pitching for them on Thursday.
It’s not over for the Yankees – but, it’s as close to being over as it can be in terms of their place in the standings, the calendar, and the remaining schedule for them and the teams that they’re chasing.
You can blame the home plate umpire for squeezing Pettitte tonight. You can blame all those seeing-eye hits for Boston. You can blame all those 2-out hits for the Sox with runners in scoring position. You can blame Giambi’s defensive play. But, those are all excuses.
The Red Sox played without Drew and Lowell. They don’t have Manny anymore. And, they started a rusty Tim Wakefield. Yet, they won this game.
Was it just me, or, did this game have the look and feel of a cheap reenactment of Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS? Man, the Yankees just didn’t look good…except…
You have to give credit to Damon, Jeter and Abreu for doing a great job setting the table in this one. You really couldn’t ask for anything more from those three. However, the “meat” of the Yankees line-up was…well…let’s just say “lacking” tonight.
And, how about Alex Rodriguez’ big symmetrical evening (K- GIDP-FO8-GIDP-K)?
Let us review each PA in this game for A-Rod:
1st inning: Yanks leading, 1-0. No one on base. Two out. Alex goes down on strikes.
3rd inning: Yanks losing, 3-2. Runner on first. One out. Alex hits into a double-play.
5th inning: Yanks losing, 6-3. Runners on first and second. One out. Alex flies out to shallow center.
7th inning: Yanks losing, 7-3. Bases loaded. One out. Alex hits into a double-play.
9th inning: Yanks losing, 7-3. Runner on first. Two outs. Alex goes down swinging.
It will be interesting to hear A-Rod’s post-game quotes after this one…