I really don’t know what else to talk about anymore. The pitching was all right, the offense scored a little. And the bullpen wasn’t terrible. It all adds up but the Red Sox were just little better in every one of those stats than we were. It’s that simple.
CC took the bump and was really good through seven innings. He came back out for the eighth and wasn’t able to get a guy out. He left three possible runs on base that came back to bite him in the butt. He finished the game with four earned runs, including the three in the eighth inning. He must have ran out of juice. Brad Penny on the other side was also very good. He pitched well in a six inning effort giving up six hits, a walk, but no runs. Manny Delcarmen gave up three runs in the seventh inning after coming in for Penny. He was then relieved by Takashi Saito who finished up the inning and saved what was left of Delcarmen’s professionalism. The Yanks had the lead but CC would give it back up in the eighth.
So overall, the pitching wasn’t terrible. It was STELLAR through the seven innings. But in the eighth it crumbled to pieces. The Sox’ pitching was also very good. It was tough to lose one in which there was such good pitching.
The offense was able to score some runs, but it took until the seventh to get it going. We couldn’t get anything off Penny who only allowed six hits and a walk. Manny Delcarmen was kinder to us and gave us three. That was all we’d get though and that is a little disappointing. Here are my top performers for the day.
- Alex Rodriguez: 1-3, 2 RBI
- Francisco Cervelli: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 Run
- Melky Cabrera: 2-4, 1 Run
- Hideki Matsui: 2-3
- Derek Jeter: 2-5
- CC Sabathia: 1 ER through seven. AFter that, he’s not on this list
IT was another tough loss to the Red Sox and I am very disappointed. Maybe we’ll get ’em next time. We’ve got interleague play coming up and maybe we can score some more and have good pitching against our opponents (Mets, Marlins, Nats, Braves).
The Yankees-Red Sox series is pretty much the only thing on my mind among everything else baseball. Obviously it is because I am a Yankee fan and we are in the middle of a season series with our rivals. It’s great. I’m sure every other Yankee fan blogger out there is talking about the same things I am. It’s just how things go. If your team is in a rivalry series, you are going to write about it. So here we go.
Chien Ming Wang did exactly what I assumed he would do when he took the bump last night. He sucked. He was the second Yankee pitcher in a row to be chased before the third inning. Tuesday night, it was AJ, and last night, Wang was chased as well. In Wang’s 2.2 innings pitched, he gave up four runs on six hits and three walks. He gave up one homer to Mike Lowell. Bottom line… he was aweful.
On the other side of things, the Red Sox sent Tim Wakefield to the mound, who has been having a very good season. At 7-3 before the game, he showed how good of a season he has been having. He went 6 innings only giving up 8 hits, three runs, and had two strikeouts. I wish those were the kind of stats we could have from the Yanks pitching. But yeah right. Wang was terrible.
As far as the offense goes, they were fine. They did score last night which made me happy. They only scored five runs so they didn’t do that great. They are definitely capable of more than that. The pitching is what ruined it for us. They were unable to hold the Red Sox offense to a few runs or fewer. They gave up too many early runs and we were out of it by the time we made our comeback. We only lost by one run but hey… you can’t always expect a comeback from the offense. It’s a two way road. The offense does their job and the pitching staff does their job. That’s how it rolls.
We had our big offensive performers last night as did the Red Sox. For us it was obviously Mark Teixeira… when has it not in the recent past. He went 4-5 with a homer and two runs. Johnny Damon hit a homer as his only hit on the night, but at least that’s something. Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui also had good nights at the plate. Matsui went 2-3 with a run scored and Posada went 2-5 with run scored and an RBI. Robby Cano also pitched in with a RBI despite going hitless for the game.
The pitching… well they were so bad I’m not going to talk about them any more. Except Phil Coke and Alfredo Aceves. Kudos to you guys. But Wang and Hughes. You guys sucked. A thumbs down from Simon for you guys.
So I’m really disappointed about how we haven’t been able to get a win against the Red Sox yet this season. If we could get one win, that would STELLAR. So far, it hasn’t looked good so I am not expecting anything good from the Yanks in game three of the series. We do have CC going to the mound for us. He is going against Brad Penny who hasn’t been very consistent this season. He has been alright but maybe we can get something from him. But again, I’m not expecting anything good today.
So we start up interleague action again after the series with the Red Sox. We head back home to host our cross town National League rivals. The Mets. They are having a decent season so far and can’t be underestimated. Johan Santana has been lights out this season. Too bad he hasn’t gotten a ton of run support. But he’s great. We play him and the Mets for three. Then we have a day off before facing the Nats at home for three. We go right into a three game series with the Marlins after the Nats’ series. Then we have the Braves for three after a day off following the Marlins series. We finish everything off against the Mets again in Citi Field. So that’s the near future. Maybe we can get some wins against our interleague opponents because we obviously can’t get any against the stupid Red Sox.
Go Yanks. Maybe we’ll get a win. Possibly. Actually, probably not. I’m being really pessimistic right now aren’t I.