I believe in the rhythm of a game.
Of course, when there is a rain delay lasting 2:10, there is no rhythm. Esp. when it comes in the bottom of the third and both starters have to be pulled.
AJ (10-14, 5.05) was only able to go 3 because of the rain. 1 R, 2 H, 2 W and 2 K.
After the delay, Royce Ring made his first appearance. Just called up from SWB, who ended their season a week or two ago, Ring could be excused for being rusty. Instead, he did quite well and should be considered if Girardi wants a second lefty in the bullpen. He went 1 2/3, 1 R on 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K. The run scored only because Moseley let his runner (via the walk) score. ERA 5.40.
The Yanks cut it from 2-0 to 2-1 on a HR by (hell just froze over) Berkman. Finally. His first as a Yankee, but Moseley gave it back. 3-1.
Moseley went 1 1/3, 1 R on FIVE hits. 0 W, 0 K. A HR. ERA 4.94.
An A-Rod RBI single cuts it to 3-2.
I completely agree with NoMaas.org. Why the f*** does Girardi not use Jonathan Albaladejo? He runs Moseley out there and Moseley was awful. He let an inherited run score, then let another one in. See above 1 1/3. FIVE hits.
Why bring Alby up to the big club if you won’t use him? Alby had 43 saves at SWB. 4-2, 1.42. Give the guy an inning. Why is he here if you won’t use him?
…and to make matters worse, after the score is cut to 3-2, who does Girardi bring in but Chad Gaudin. Or, as I say every time he comes in, Chad GodDamn.
Gaudin. Who has been completely overused by Girardi over the past few weeks. It is like he has incriminating photos of Girardi in drag or something.
Since when has Gaudin become Girardi’s version of Tanyon Sturtze? A reliever (like Torre with Proctor or Sturtze) who is overused way beyond his capabilities?
But Girardi won’t use a guy who dominated at AAA.
Gaudin takes a 3-2 lead and gives up two HR in his inning of work. Thanks for letting the game get away, Joe.
Those 2 HR make Gaudin’s combined ERA 5.46. 5.46. Hey Joe. News flash. That sucks.
Remember that even though the Yanks came into tonight with a 2 1/2 game lead, that seven of the Rays’ last games are against Seattle and KC while the Yanks have six vs. Boston. When you think of that, that 2 1/2 game lead isn’t safe.
By the way, Rick Sutcliffe is awful.
Gaudin goes 1 2/3, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W and 1 K. 2 HR given up. 5.54 ERA now. Even worse.
With two out and two on in the 8th, Alby finally comes in. He walks a batter to load the bases.
The Yanks offense hasn’t helped. Just 3 hits (one by Jeter, who now has an 11 game hitting streak) through seven.
Ok, Alby. I advocated for you. So did NoMaas. You can’t come in and bleeping walk two consecutive batters to a) load the bases then b) walk in a run. Inexcusable. You want to build on those SWB numbers? You can’t do that.
Finally Alby gets out of it. But with two out and two on, you cannot, simply cannot, walk two straight hitters. Sheesh. Esp. on 8 balls and only one strike.
Boston won. Should Tampa hang on, the Yanks’ magic numbers will stay the same.
More trouble for Alby in the 9th. Single and his 3rd walk. Show some b**ls, Alby. Pitch like you did at SWB. K, Force. Single to make it 7-2.
Alby 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 3 Walks, 2 K. 2.57
7 walks by Yankee pitchers tonight. 3 dingers served.
7-2 Rays. Yanks manage just 6 hits.