AJ Not Good Enough As Yanks Lose 6-4

After a tough series in Boston this weekend and a day off on Monday, I figured that the Yankees would come out refreshed and win a big game against the Angels. I was right for a while, but by the end of the game, I was unhappy as the Yanks fell 6-4. Let’s recap:

Silly Grandy. (Getty Images)

  • AJ Burnett was very good for most of the night. In the early innings, he was working off a fastball that was hitting 94-96 mph (he has been averaging 92.6 with it for the season) and had a solid curveball. He also had good command of the fastball and it was allowing him to work efficiently and economically as he only allowed four hits and no runs in five innings of work while striking out six and was only at 71 pitches through five innings.
  • But then the sixth inning came and once he got into trouble two things happened 1) he started working off the curveball and 2) he let things get out of control. Bobby Abreu led off with a line drove homer that barely got over the right center field fence. Torii Hunter then flew out followed by a Mark Trumbo walk and a Vernon Wells fly out. Then, with Trumbo on second the Yanks decided to walk Maicer Izturis for some reason to get to Peter Bourjos who wound up working a walk. Jeff Mathis, hitting .185/.229/.267 (and for some reason still starting), hit a 2-run double.
  • So it was then 3-1, and then Bourjos scored on a wild pitch to cap the Halos scoring and make it a 4-1 game.
  • Curtis Granderson go things going with a solo jack in the first to get the Yanks on the board. In the seventh, they fought back with an Eduardo Nunez RBI single and the a Derek Jeter 2-run single to tie the game at four. In the eighth, they had a chance to add on another run, but Russell Martin grounded into a fielder’s choice with two on and two out to end the threat.
  • Cory Wade came in to relieve AJ to start the seventh and hurled a scoreless inning while striking out the side followed by David Robertson who only struck out one in a scoreless eighth. But then Mariano Rivera ran into trouble in his second straight outing as he allowed a 2-run homer to none other than Bobby Abreu to give away the lead and the game.
  • In the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees got something going as Eduardo Nunez singled and stole second before Brett Garder struck out and Derek Jeter walked. Curtis Granderson then grounded into a fielder’s choice to make it runners on the corners with two out for Mark Teixeira. The count ran 1-2 and Jordan Walden tried the old fake to first, fake the first and actually got Grandy going and picked him off. I love him, but that was bad.
  • Eddie Nunez went 2 for 3 with a walk, a run driven in, and a run scored, Eric Chavez went 1 for 2 with a double and a walk, and Russell Martin went 1 for 4 with a run scored. Nunez also stole two bases and Brett Gardner stole a base.

This was a tough way to start this little home stand, but I guess you can’t win them all. Tomorrow Ivan Nova will take on Garrett Richard, a guy they are calling up from Double-A.

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