Geez, the Yankees made finger-lickin’ Mike Pelfrey look like Nolan Ryan in this one, didn’t they? And, on the whole, sure, it was a 5-3 loss – but, if not for some bad Pelfrey fielding and a walk to Kevin Russo with the bases loaded, then the Yankees would have only scored…awwww…screw it.
What am I trying to say? It doesn’t matter – the Yankees offense was feeble in this one. Where was Kevin Maas on a night like tonight, when you needed him?
Strange night for Phil Hughes. He allowed big two out hits and/or walks in the 1st, 3rd and 6th. But, he got big outs in tough spots in the 5th and 6th too. And, yeah, Winn hurt him in the 6th – but Texiera saved him in that inning too. So, there was some good and bad in this one for Hughes. It’s tough to put a grade on this game for him.
I will give A-Rod and Teixeira a big, fat, red, “F” for those plate appearances in the 7th inning. Second and third with one out. A 20-year old on the mound – albeit one who throws heat. And, the score, at that time, was 4-1 (Mets). Alex and Mark are getting paid a lot of money to handle situations like that one. At the least, they should have plated one run…but…nooooooooo.
Speaking of appearances, and “no,” Reggie Jackson showing up in the dugout, in the 6th inning, in street clothes, is a no-no. And, on National TV? Somebody’s getting fined on that one.
This is now 9 of their last 14 that the Yankees have lost. And, if not for a Jonathan Papelbon meltdown and an Alex Cora error, we could be talking about a situation where the Yankees have lost 11 of their last 14 games. Brutal.
CC against Johan tomorrow. Should be a good one. Hopefully, the Yankees will come out on top and take this series. And, on the bright-side, after this, the Yankees play the Twins, who they always beat, and the Indians and O’s, who both stink – so, maybe they can salvage this month, and start off the next one well, with a nice run there?