Again tonight, the Yanks’ offense let down, failing to support Mussina’s excellent start. The only run came on a gigantic four-inning blast from A-Rod, whose mammoth homer reached the left-field bleachers. Giambi was stranded after a two-out triple, his first since almost exactly six years ago. Yet the Yanks got little at all mustered. The #1-3 hitters went 0-11 tonight, while #7-9 hitters went 1-9. Mussina was again impressive, going 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, walking 2, allowing 2 runs earned, and fanning 8 and lowering his ERA to 3.87 on 103 pitches/68 strikes. Wasted opportunity to win a close game, and the Yankees drop to 14-10 in one-run games.
Tampa Bay beat Boston 5-4, dropping the Yanks back another game to Tampa.