Yanks Lose 9-2, M’s Stop Skid At SeventeenPosted: July 27, 2011
It’s never good when you lose to a team that has a pretty long losing streak to their name, never mind it being seventeen games. That’s what happened today as the Yankees fell apart in the latter part of the game. Let’s recap:
- Phil Hughes was not as good as his line shows. He scattered nine hits over six innings, but only allowed two runs and walked one. His first inning was very promising as he sent down the M’s 1-2-3, but that was the only time he showed control over his fastball. This start shows that the Yanks need another starter and Hughes’ rotation spot may now hinge on Ivan Nova’s performance on Saturday.
- This game wasn’t ugly from the start; there was hope at one point. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Bombers loaded the bases with one out for Derek Jeter and all he could do was hit a fly ball to get one run in. Curtis Granderson followed by striking out. You could feel the momentum swing to Seattle’s side after this as the Yanks were unable to capitalize on a rare chance off of Felix Hernandez.
- In the seventh, we saw the game get out of hand. Cory Wade started it off by getting an out, but then allowing back to back hits to put runners on the corners for Dustin Ackley. Joe Girardi promptly brought in his loogy, Boone Logan. Logan did get a ground ball to second, but Robinson Cano made a bad flip to second on the front end of the double play turn and no outs were recorded and one run scored. He then issued issued a walk to Justin Smoak and fanned Adam Kennedy before giving up a three-run triple to Mike Carp. That was really it.
- Luis Ayala came on and allowed a Franklin Gutierrez RBI double before getting the last out. He would go on to pitch a 1-2-3 eighth.
- The Yankees tried to get a rally going in the seventh when Jorge Posada led off with a double, but the next three hitters made outs. They did manage to push one across in the eighth on a Cano RBI ground out, but went down 1-2-3 in the ninth. Hector Noesi gave up two runs in the top half of the ninth on three hits.
- The only Yankee hitter not on base was Derek Jeter, but did drive in a run. They got men on base, but couldn’t convert as they went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
The Bombers have a much needed day off tomorrow, but then host the Orioles in the first of a three game set on Friday night.