I was up for Derek Jeter Day yesterday at the Stadium (I was hoping they’d retire #2 right away, but that didn’t happen. Why waste another sold-out crowd?) and while the ceremony was great, the day wasn’t, because the Yanks lost 2-0 on two unearned runs. This shutout loss—on unearned runs, no less—not even 48 hours after the Yanks lost on Friday night 1-0 on an unearned run.
Getting in was a pain in the butt. Security could have done a better job letting people in, and they should have opened the gates earlier.
The Yanks have flags with Jeter’s #2 flying all around Yankee Stadium for the end of the year. Joel Sherman of the NY Post remarked that considering the Yanks’ playoff chances (and their offense, I might add), they should be flying at half-staff.
The Yanks are also wearing a commerative patch on their uniform and cap honoring Derek for the rest of the year.
Before the game, Derek made a nice speech and got some nice gifts. Among the dignitaries to honor him were Torre, Rivera, Bernie, Cone, O’Neill, Tino, Matsui (who always gets a huge hand—he is beloved), Posada, Michael Jordan, Harold Reynolds, Cal Ripken, Jr., Dave Winfield, Reggie, … Pettitte was missing due to a family commitment. Jeter even got hit #3450 during the game—one of only four hits the Yanks got. There were video tributes by various people as well, including former teammates and coaches on other teams such as Cano, Swisher, Granderson and Hughes, as well as by his own teammates and coaches.
But the Yanks couldn’t score and errors by starter Shane Greene and RF Carlos Beltran gave KC all they would need.
KC got a run in the second, unearned because of an error by Greene. They got another unearned run in the third due to Beltran’s error, and that was all she wrote.
Greene went 5 (L, 4-3, 3.57). 2 R, both unearned, 5 H, 3 walks and 4 K. He did struggle and his pitch count after five innings was 90.
Adam Warren went 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.15.
Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 4.24.
Josh Outman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 3.20.
Esmiel Rogers finished. 2/3 IP, 1 hit, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.81.
The loss puts the Yanks at 73-68. They have 21 games left and are off today. They are 9 1/2 back of Baltimore, in 2nd place in the AL East but just 1/2 game ahead of third-place Toronto. As for the final wild-card spot, they are 4 1/2 out but must jump over three teams (Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland) to grab it.