Heading into this game, you had Yankees-killer Roy Halladay against Chien-Ming Wang and his 10.06 ERA. So, at the onset of this contest, it would have not been obscene to pencil in an “L,” today, for New York.
But, then, some crazy things happened. Halladay actually allowed three runs in his first four innings of work and Wang was doing O.K. – and, this probably got you to start thinking “Hey, maybe…?” (At least, that’s what I was thinking.)
However, as soon as you started to think that, the dark clouds came out again. Wang allows the two-run homer to Adam Lind in the sixth and has to leave the game, David Robertson allows another run, and, then, it’s 5-3, Jays, heading to the seventh. Bummer.
Yet, then, Johnny Damon hits a “Lonn Trost” homer off Halladay and the game is tied! And, once again, there’s hope in Yankeeland!
Wait…here come those clouds again…as the Yankees leave the winning run on second base in the eighth and ninth and go down one-two-three in the tenth and eleventh. Worse, Brett “Game Over” Tomko is now pitching for the Yankees in the twelveth inning.
At this point, I start thinking “Well, it was supposed to be a ‘loss’ today at the start, with Halladay pitching and all, so, maybe it was meant to be? But, then again, it would be a shame to waste scoring five runs against him, and having chances to win it after that go down the bog…”
Thankfully, Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada saved the day in the bottom of the twelveth – and, now, the Yankees are just one game out of first place in the A.L. East.
Lastly, to the big news on Wang. The word is that he has a shoulder strain with bursitis and should be on the disabled list for about a month. But, don’t forget that, back in February 2008, it was reported that the Yankees had concerns about Wang’s shoulder since he has a torn rotator cuff that never was repaired. Could it be that Chien-Ming Wang’s shoulder has finally blown out?
Sergio Mitre, com’on down, you’re our next contestant on…