- It was a strange game for Phil Hughes, as he was throwing plenty of strikes and gave up just a few hard hit balls, yet only lasted 5 innings while allowing 4 runs. The results were not great, but the process was fine, and on most days, Phil probably goes 6 and allows just 3 runs with the stuff he had today.
- The Yankees were awful for most of this game against Carl Pavano, which drove me and every other Yankee fan nuts. Only Mark Teixeira was able to prevent this game from being a total disaster, driving in 4 runs after the 5th and helping the Yankees tie the game entering the 9th. The club stranded him at second after his game tying double in the 8th, and then Posada hit into a DP with runners on the corners in the 9th. Brett Gardner was on first at the time and the steal sign was on, but he just failed to go. Girardi did not sound too pleased about it.
- Speaking of Gardner, he misplayed an out into a double that turned into a run charged to Hughes. The Yankees tied the all-time errorless streak at 17 games, displaying how meaningless the error is as a stat. Gardner’s play and a poor decision on a throw by Swisher were two defensive miscues today that do not show up on the score sheet.
- The best news to come out of this game was the performance of Chien Ming Wang, who went 3 innings without allowing a run. His sinker looked excellent, and it seems that he may be approaching the point where the Yankees need to consider him in the rotation. He was pulled because he would be the emergency starter should Andy Pettitte be unavailable on Wednesday.
- Taking out Wang made sense, but the Yankees should have gone to Mariano, especially with the heart of the Yankee order coming up in the 10th against Cleveland’s awful relief corps. Instead, Phil Coke came in and promptly walked the 9 hitter. After a bunt, Robertson was the choice out of the pen and he too walked the first batter he faced. He then went to 3-1 on Peralta and threw him a decent offering on the inner half that Peralta pulled down the third base line to knock in the winning run. I like both pitchers, but they need to learn to throw strikes, especially to hitters that are at best average.
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