Yanks Lose 8-4

Chien-Ming Wang got roughed up, Juan Miranda’s defense let Wang and the team down, and a seven-run second inning sunk the Yanks as they dropped their first game against Boston this Spring, 8-4.  After Lowell’s lead-off homer tied the game at one, Miranda made a terrible throw to second base on a sure DP ball from Wilkerson.  After lunging to knock down a ball and save a run on Kotteras’s, Miranda then dropped a potential inning-ending DP ball on Ellsbury’s grounder, resulting in a 3U and a run instead of possibly ending the inning.  However, Wang’s pitches were too often up, his sinker drifted out of the zone and the Sox laid off it, and Wang’s change didn’t look sharp.  Ortiz also hit a long homer in the second, ending Wang’s night.

The offense was decent, and mustered some response immediately after the big Sox second.  Ransom belted a triple that nearly left the park, Nady had a double and drove in two, Molina had an RBI single, Berroa had two hits and an RBI, and Shelley the Marauder had a two-base hit. Pena and Gardner each stole a bag.  But the Yanks stranded 11, not good, and the big second sunk the Pinstripers.  They also struck out 12 times.

Brett Tomko was excellent in relief, allowing just two hits while fanning five in 3 1/3 IP.  When the Yanks signed Tomko, I questioned the move, at best.  As it stands now, Tomko just might make the team as its long reliever and spot starter.  He’s been very good this Spring.  Igawa allowed a hit and a walk in an inning, striking two.  He’s been fairly good this Spring, but I just can’t and won’t hold my breath with this guy.  Plus, Spring is Spring.  Show me something when it matters, K-Man.

In a way, it’s disconcerting that the top two members of the Yanks staff–Sabathia and Wang–struggled this week.  But the overarching thing, to me, is that it’s Spring. Miranda thankfully won’t be at first; Teixeira will.  A seven-run inning might become two or three during the season, making the game quite reasonable.  It’s Spring–work out the kinks and faults, hone the craft and routine, stay healthy, and get prepared for the season.

The Yanks will be fine.

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Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 10:41 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I wasn’t happy with Gardner’s approach with bases loaded. He’s not a home run hitter. Enough with the big swings and just try to slap the ball somewhere.


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