Well, it was bound to happen. The Yanks were bound to lose a game where they looked downright unprofessional out there. I suppose one could take heart in the fact that they fought until the very last out. By getting the tying run (Brett Gardner) all the way to third base, the Yanks certainly gave themselves a chance to win it, even if they eventually came up one run short and lost by a score of 5-4. If only A-Rod had been a tad more patient and seen a more hittable pitch…
- Robbie Cano (3-for-4; 12 for 23 over the past 6 games). He looked locked in tonight, slashing three singles and going the other way on his final hit of the evening. There are few things as dangerous to opposing pitchers than a streaking Cano hitting to all fields;
- Nick Swisher (3-for-4, 2 runs scored; 7 for 18 over the past 5 games). It’s nice to see Nick heating up a bit, especially as some of the Yanks’ other hitters begin to cool off;
- Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson’s defensive prowess was on full display tonight. They both ran down some hard-hit balls and generally commanded LF and CF like pros; and
- Phil Hughes finding a way to battle and stay in the game on a night where he clearly didn’t have his best stuff working for him. The sign of a maturing pitcher is one that shakes off a bad inning, hangs around and keeps his team in the ballgame.
- Phil Hughes, having nothing tonight. While it’s only one start, it was certainly not a welcome sight to see him regressing back to the enigmatic starter he was in early 2008 just five days after thoroughly dominating the A’s for nearly 8 innings;
- Dave Robertson and Boone Logan pretty much destroyed the game in the 6th inning. There is nothing — and I mean nothing — more infuriating than bringing in a LOOGY and then watching him walk the only man he was responsible for. The fine gents over at RAB actually did a write-up of Logan earlier today although I’ll have to respectfully disagree with their findings given that he has yet to pitch a clean inning in his three appearances thus far. As for Robertson, RAB wrote up a piece on Girardi’s inconsistent usage of Robertson thus far in 2010 and, again, I’ll have to respectfully disagree as Robertson, too, has been spotty and somewhat unreliable thus far. At least with Robertson we know there is hope for better days. Logan? I’m not so sure;
- Another game, another boneheaded move (or two) from the team’s unofficial captain, Jorge Posada. When he’s not falling asleep behind the plate or letting catchable (or blockable) pitches fly by him, he’s sailing throws into the outfield or running the bases like a nervous rookie; and
- The team’s overall defense was poor this evening. From Randy Winn’s “Damonesque” pop-gun throw, to Jeter’s 6th inning error, to A-Rod somehow letting a ball get by him that was millimeters from his glove, to the aforementioned throwing error by Posada, it was not the team’s best night in the field.
The Yanks are 12-7 and have now lost four out of their last five games (thanks for pointing that out, Evan3457). No biggie…but tonight’s game had all the charm of a sloppy mid-August contest where mental lapses cost the team what should have been an easy W.