Yanks Lose Series Opener 6-4

Tonight’s game sucked.  It really did, to be quite blunt about it.  It was very frustrating to see so many opportunities wasted in a game that everyone wanted to see them win.  I’m tired and frustrated, but I have a good amount to say so this will be an extended bullet point recap:

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • The game was over in the first.  Freddy Garcia clearly had nothing.  His key is location and he had nothing close to it.  He was hanging breaking balls and leaving his 85 mph fastball out over the plate and against a potent Boston offense, it was just pitiful.  They put up a three spot in the first and then another one in the second before Joe Girardi came out and got him with two outs and the bases loaded.
  • Jon Lester almost gave it all back.  He has been relying on his cutter a lot more in his last few starts and in the first he didn’t have any feel for hit, which he showed by hitting two batters.  With one run in, Nick Swisher came up with the bases loaded and two out and of course grounded out.  Sure he added a two-run double later in the game, but by then it was 6-1 Sox already and it was essentially over.
  • Mark Teixeira was one of the players hit by a Lester cutter and actually had to be pulled from the game with a knee bruise.  Jorge Posada came in for him and it looks like things do happen for a reason because Jorgie went 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, a run batted in, and his first two hits off of lefty picthing this season.  His hitting line is now up to .195/.306/.362.
  • Hector Noesi was another star in this one.  He threw the equivalent of a quality start out of relief going six innings and only yielding two runs on three hits and a walk.  Sure the two runs came off the bat of David Ortiz and his 2-run homer to make it a 6-1 game and basically put the game out of reach, but still very impressive and he saved the bullpen.  I would like to see him have a bigger role whether it be as a starter (replacing Ivan Nova, I guess) or as a reliever.
  • The Yankees left nine on base which was just way too much.  Alex Rodriguez and Andruw Jones combined to go 0-for-9 with five strikeouts which really hurt, especially A-Rod’s game-ending strikeout as the tying-run on a pitch out of the strike zone.
  • Derek Jeter had two hits (one legitimate) which leaves him 12 away from 3000.  Besides that though, no one else really shined.  It was pretty quiet.

So let’s put this series opener and look forward to tomorrow when AJ Burnett will take on Tim Wakefield as the Yankees will try to split the first two games of this series.

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