Tough Seventh Leads Yanks To LossPosted: July 20, 2011
This one looked good for a while, but that was until the seventh inning when the Rays took a 3-2 lead and they never looked back. Let’s recap:
- Bartolo Colon was very good today and put the ideas of him being hurt and expired to rest. He threw a lot of fastballs, was getting guys looking with his nasty two-seamer, and didn’t seem apprehensive about his hamstring. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out nine in 6.1 innings of work. He’s back.
- Jeremy Hellickson was very good tonight. He threw a lot of strikes and he had a great change up, two things that usually kill that Yanks. The one mistake he made was on a third inning homer he served up to Robinson Cano, which was crushed to left center. I guess the derby didn’t have adverse effects on his swing.
- Colon started the bottom of the seventh by fanning BJ Upton, but then gave up and infield single to Robinson Chrinos and then another hit to Sean Rodriguez. Boone Logan relieved him with runners on first and second and faced Justin Ruggiano who was hitting for Sam Fuld. Ruggiano hit a fly ball to center which Curtis Granderson lost in the dome sky and fell about twenty feet ahead of him and allowed all runners to move up a base.
- Things were about to get weirder. The next hitter, Elliot Johnson hit a ground ball to Logan setting up the perfect 1-2-3 double play, but it hit off his glove and no outs could be recorded, which allowed a run to score. Johnny Damon then hit a sac fly to center to give Tampa a 3-2 lead.
- Nothing really mattered after that. The Bombers (who managed six hits the whole night) only managed one against the combination of Jake McGee and Joel Peralta.
- Brett Gardner kept making us ask the question of why he is not leading off with a 2 for 3 night and Mark Teixeira had two base hits. Other than that, it was very quiet. Out of the pen, Cory Wade walked two in his lone inning of work, but found a way out of it without giving up a run.
That’s really it. A tough loss, but after a win like Monday, you can’t really say much. Tomorrow night, these same two teams play again, same time and place.