Game 141. Bullpen implodes in 12-8 loss.

Stick a fork in them, they’re done.

If you thought the loss Thursday night was bad, where Mo blew a save when he was one strike away, last night’s loss was worse.

Andy Pettitte handed an 8-3 lead to the bullpen in the 7th. Andy had gone 6, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 8 K. ERA 4.03.

The Yanks got a 2-run HR from Soriano (30, combined Cubs/NYY), an RBI triple by Nunez, and a 2-run triple by Gardner (10) in staking their 8-3 lead.

So much for Phil Hughes giving you an inning or two out of the bullpen. 1/3 IP,  4 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 k. ERA to 5.11.

Logan came in and struck out Big Papi with the bases loaded. But then Girardi left him in to face Napoli, a righty hitter. WHY? He got his guy. Where was a righty to face Napoli? Napoli hit a 3-2 pitch (one strike away again) for a grand slam to tie the game.

Logan 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.26.

In came Claiborne, who was so bad the night before, when he gave up 3 runs without getting anyone out.

He was just as bad. 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. (L, 0-2, 3.86). The rookie had a good year, but in the last two games, in the heat of a pennant race, he gave up 6 R in 2/3 of an inning. In those two very important games, in the midst of a pennant race, Claiborne’s ERA went from 2.74 to 3.86.

And why a rookie in the heat of a pennant race? Because Hughes was bad and Joba can’t be trusted. Because Claiborne passed Joba on the depth chart. Because Joba came in after Claiborne and was bad again. 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 4.54.

Matt Daley, who had spent all year in the minors (5-3, 2.02, mostly at AA & AAA) finished up. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

An ugly loss. Right after a heartbreaking loss.

Now David Huff starts against Boston today.

The Yanks are still just 2 1/2 back of that second wild-card slot, but now fell behind Baltimore and Cleveland by 1/2 a game in trying to get it.

But the way they’ve played the last two nights, …

Stick a fork in them.

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