Derek Jeter got four hits tonight to tie Eddie Murray on the all-time hits list at 3255, but Freddie Garcia faded after a good start and the Yankees’ bullpen collapsed in a 9-6 loss.
Jeter is now tied for Murray for 11th place on the all-time hits list, and is 28 behind Willie Mays. Depending on which list you use, he also passed Napoleon Lajoie. Some sources credit Lajoie (pronounced LAH-ZWAH-WEE, not LA-JOY) with 3242, some with 3252.
Garcia threw four scoreless innings and had a 3-0 lead entering the fifth. The Yanks had scored two in the first on an RBI single by Teixeira and an RBI groundout by Chavez. They added one in the second on a Granderson single, but on that single, Robbie Cano was thrown out by plenty at the plate. I don’t know if Robbie ran through a stop sign, but he was out by a mile. If Thomson sent him, Thomson needs his eyes checked. It wasn’t even close.
Garcia, up 3-0 after 4 1/2, only got one out in the fifth. He went 4 1/3, 5 R, 6 H, 4 walks and 8 K. ERA to 4.96. He just fell apart and the bullpen didn’t help. It all started with a 2-run HR by DeWayne Wise, who got some revenge on the Yanks. The Yanks had DFA’d him when they got Ichiro. Cody Eppley came in, faced one batter, got a force out, but the tying run scored. Eppley 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, and 0 K, ERA 3.41.
Clay Rapada came in and you hoped he’d get out of the inning and keep the score tied. Nope. 1 batter, a hit and another run. 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K, ERA 2.97.
Then Joba came in and gave up a hit and a run before getting the third out of the inning. 5-3 White Sox after five.
The Yanks came right back with three in the sixth to take the lead. Jeter HR’d (#11, #251 of his career—one behind Bobby Murcer’s career total, not to mention Joe Torre’s). Singles by Teix and PH Casey McGehee gave the Yanks a 6-5 lead.
But Joba gave up a HR to Gordon Beckham to tie the game.
Joba 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. He also hit Youkilis with a pitch.
I think it’s safe to say that Joba (9.45 ERA) isn’t ready for prime time. The Yanks may want to look at Kelvin Perez. The 26 yr. old string bean (6’1″, 140) is a combined 7-1, 1.03 between AA/AAA (just 3 games at AAA) this season (stats as of going into last night). I don’t know how well he’d do in the majors, but that’s a nice job so far, and he’s got to do better than Joba’s 9.45.
Boone Logan gave up a two-run HR in the 7th to Alexei Ramirez. Logan falls to 4-2, 4.07. 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Um, 4.07 isn’t too good for a reliever. Logan has been slumping.
Derek Lowe gave up the fourth White Sox HR of the night, this to Adam Dunn. Dunn’s HR, #36 on the season, was the 401st of his career. It was the final run in the Yanks’ 9-6 loss.
Lowe 1 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 1 K. ERA (Cle/NYY) 5.36.
The Yanks better not look back. The Rays are gaining, and are now just four games out.