Breaking News: The Philadelphia Phillies are not the Baltimore Orioles.
Let’s see: J-Roll takes A.J. Burnett deep on the first pitch of the game. Next, with his second pitch of the game, Burnett hits Chase Utley. So…
In the bottom of the first inning, Brett Myers gets a quick strike one on Derek Jeter (leading off for the Yankees). Next, with his second pitch of the game, Myers throws one behind Jeter’s back – sending the message that he, and his team, will not be pushed around…and that’s how this game went.
For seven innings, Myers stuffed it down the Yankees throats – before tiring in the eighth. And, on the flip-side, the Phils’ Carlos Ruiz and Jayson Werth played “Who can hit it farther?” off Burnett. (Werth won, by the way.)
Worm Killer Wang closed it out for the Yankees…slopping his way through three innings…allowing two runs…but also saving a Yankees hurting pen (by not bringing cause to use someone else).
The Yankees have to face Cole Hamels on Sunday. Next, the unreliable Phil Hughes pitches on Monday for New York – followed by sore-kneed Joba Chamberlain the day after that. And, four days from this game. A.J. Burnett goes again. What does this all mean? Simple: As much as the nine game winning streak was nice…the Yankees just may have started a streak tonight where they’re going to lose five of six games (in their series against the Phillies and Rangers). Also, it could be six losses in a row if Andy Pettitte fails against the Phils tomorrow.
Then again, maybe the Yankees will win their next five games in a row? Who knows, right? That’s what baseball is all about…