Friday, April 21, 2006
Yanks No Longer Clutch Team
The bottom of the ninth went like this:
Johnny Damon struck out.
Derek Jeter drew a walk.
Gary Sheffield got a single, Jeter to third.
Alex Rodriguez drew a walk to load the bases.
Jeter and Sheffield each advanced a base on a fielders indifference.
Jason Giambi struck out.
Hideki Matsui loaded the count to 3-2 with two outs and the bases loaded, a bloop hit would have tied the game, just a little tappy tap just out of the reach of an infielder.
Strike out LOOKING!! At least make an attempt to hit the ball, ground out, fly out, better yet, get on base, don't just stand there and look like an ass, make an attempt to score a run, one simple bit of contact would have been great. But if you want to stand there and be made a fool of, go ahead, Yankees fans do boo, just a little warning.
But I won't put all the blame on Matsui.
Chein-Ming Wang was also responsible for some damage. I've always said that he is a long relief pitcher, one who can last about four innings, not a strong starter, not yet.
The Orioles scored three times in the third and the sixth all on the arm of Wang.
Yankees managed to stay in the game with a two-run home run by Robinson Cano in the fourth to tie the game at three. The in the fifth, due to an A-Rod RBI single, took a temporary lead. The O's responded back with another trio of runs taking the lead and closing out the game.
Yankees just can't seem to stay above .500.
Orioles 6, Yankees 5
Player of the Game:
Hideki Matsui (I know I reamed him) went 2-3 with two runs scored and two hits, and a choke to end the game.
Orioles @ Yankees
Shawn Chacon (1-0, 8.03 ERA) vs. Daniel Cabrera (1-1, 5.40 ERA)
Red Sox Update:
The Blue Jays scored four in the bottom of the ninth sent the game to extra innings, at the time of this posting, they are in the 12th tied at 6.
Losing: 11, by, guess who, the Kansas City Roayls. They lost 19 in a row last year, can they do it again?
Posted by Steve Kenul at 9:37 PM
otilius posted at 10:54 PM
nope. A-Fraud struck out. when Jeter and Sheffield made a double steal, then, Giambi walked to load the bases.