The Yankees dropped the rubber game of their three game, Interleague match up with the Cincinnati Reds, 5-2. After winning the first game of the series behind Andy Pettitte‘s eight shutout innings, the Yankees fell a bit short of a comeback on Saturday, and just came up short overall on Sunday.
All the action took place in the later part of the game. In the bottom of the sixth, the Yankees took a 2-0 lead on a Raul Ibanez home run that landed in the second deck in right field. With CC Sabathia going, that should’ve wrapped things up. CC in the 7th, Cory Wade and the LOOGYs (if necessary) in the 8th, Soriano in the 9th. Ballgame. But, no. Against the bottom of the order, CC surrendered solo homers to Ryans Ludwick and Hanigan before issuing three walks, including one with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run, making it 3-2 Reds. In the bottom of the seventh, Alex Rodriguez hit a ball that I think everyone watching the game thought was gone off the bat…but wasn’t. Sigh. Isn’t that the season in a nutshell? Anyway, the Reds added runs in the 9th after a Dewayne Wise couldn’t make a diving catch on a Ryan Ludwick liner that rolled to the wall and scored two. Zombie Mark Teixeira reached via error and was pinch run for, but that’s all the Yankees could muster against Aroldis Chapman in their half of the ninth and they fell 5-3 in the game and 2-1 in the series.
Right now, the Yankees are playing poorly. Very poorly. There’s no getting arouund it. But, this isn’t exactly a new thing for the Yankees. They’ve tended to play poorly at the beginning of the year before turning it around once the weather heats up. Still, they’re sad right now. And this is what they need to do.
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