AJ, Hungover Bats Lose 4-3 To A’sPosted: July 23, 2011
The day after a team scores seventeen runs, you can’t expect them to do much. The Yankees proved that today, only able to score three runs today against Rich Harden and the Athletic bullpen and a ninth inning come back fell short. Let’s recap:
- AJ Burnett was classic AJ. He allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six. He also hit two batters, allowed a homer, and didn’t have one 1-2-3 inning. After getting a 1-0 lead in the second, he quickly gave it back, serving up a 2-run homer to Josh Willingham. In the sixth, he got the first two guys out very easily, but with the bottom of the lineup coming up, he allowed a single to Ryan Sweeney and then walked Conor Jackson and Landon Powell before Joe Girardi went to the pen.
- The bats just didn’t come to play today, though they did have opportunities. They had a 1-0 after two innings thanks to a Russell Martin RBI single that plated Nick Swisher. In the sixth, Swish hit an absolute bomb off the facing of the right field upper deck to add another run.
- Cory Wade came in to the game with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth and allowed an RBI single to Jemile Weeks to make it a 3-1 game (Swisher’s homer came in the next half inning). Wade would not allow another run.
- Boone Logan would start the seventh to face Hideki Matsui (a guy who hits better against lefties) and he promptly homered to make it 4-2 A’s. Logan did settle down nicely, but that shot did wind up being the difference in the game.
- On to missed opportunities. In the seventh, the Yanks had runners on the corners with two outs and Robinson Cano flew out. In the eighth, the had runners on first and second and Girardi pinched hit Jorge Posada for Brandon Laird and he grounded into a double play. In the ninth, they had runners on first and second with nobody out for the heart of the lineup. The runners double stole as Curtis Granderson struck out, Mark Teixeira hit a sac fly, and Robinson Cano grounded out on ball two.
- Laird went 0 for 3 with a strikeout with the bases loaded in his first MLB start and he will probably be hid for the most part until he is sent down to Scranton because of his long swing. Russ Martin added two hits as did Cano, Derek Jeter had three and was robbed of a fourth in the first and Eduardo Nunez and Swisher drew two walks a piece.
A loss like this stinks because there is not one point in the game where you can point to and say, “we lost it there.” The Yankees had so many opportunities and just didn’t convert. Tomorrow, these same two teams will play the rubber game of the series as Gio Gonzalez will take on Bartolo Colon.