- Chien Ming Wang was awful, allowing 4 runs in 2.2 innings on 6 hits and 3 walks. While his velocity was good and his pitches had decent movement, his command and control were both atrocious. Watching the game, I attempted to rationalize by saying that he was getting squeezed and had not given up a lot of hard hit balls. by the end of the night, there was nothing to say except that Wang looks finished. I would give him one last start (more on this later today).
- Phil Hughes relieved Wang and pitched fairly well. He allowed a 2 run home run to Youkilis after falling behind in the count, but recovered to throw 3.2 innings of 2 run ball with 5 strikeouts. Phil Coke and Alfredo Aceves got the final 5 outs to keep the Red Sox at 6 runs. The more I see Phil pitch, the more it becomes obvious that he has taken a huge step forward this season. He has reestablished himself as a future star, a status that was very much in doubt at points last season.
- Switch hitters Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher batted righthanded against righty knuckleballer Tim Wakefield in order to take aim at the Green Monster in left. Considering Tex went 3-3 off of Wake, it seems that it worked for him. Before anyone on the Red Sox makes fun of the new Yankee Stadium, they might want to address the wall that turns lazy fly balls into doubles first.
- Speaking of Teixeira, he was the only one on the Yankees offense to do much last night, going 4-4 with 3 XBH. Outside of him, the Yankees left 20 runners on base and went 2-15 with RISP. Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter were two of the main culprits, as both went 0-5 and looked awful at the plate. The Yankees did narrow the score to 6-5 after scoring 3 off of Wakefield in the first 6 and then getting back to back homers from Damon and Tex to welcome Ramon Ramirez in the 7th.
- The Yankees got a runner to second with one out in both the 8th and 9th innings, but could not come through with the big hit. There was one strange strategic decision in there. Nick Swisher walked to start the 8th and was pinch run for with Brett Gardner. At that point, Girardi had Melky bunt, moving Brett to 2nd. I hate the bunt there, as I would have given Gardner a chance to steal. Once he is at second, then a bunt to allow a runner to score on an out would make sense. This decision was magnified when Girardi allowed Ramiro Pena to steal with one out in the 9th. Why he allowed one but not the other is a mystery to me.
- Nick Swisher had a strange game. He reached base in 3 of his 4 plate appearances and made one of the season’s best catches in the 8th. On the other hand, he got doubled off first on a soft liner to short and allowed a tailing liner that looked to be an easily caught ball to fall for an RBI double. Swish does make some mental errors, but he also plays very hard and has some excellent at bats. No player is perfect, and we need to take the good with the bad. Swisher has done plenty of good this season, making his errors easier to accept.
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