Yanks Lose 7-5, Now 0-2

Before people get overly exercised about this, take a deep breath and relax, for now.  Yes, the Yanks are 0-2, yes the starters haven’t gotten through the fifth, yes the offense again made a newcomer look like the second coming.  They’re 0-2, facing another newcomer tomorrow with A.J. Burnett, the Yanks’ newcomer, on the bump tomorrow.  This too shall pass.

Wang was terrible, at least as bad as Sabathia was Monday as he surrendered all seven Orioles runs in a 7-5 loss, with only a late comeback closing the gap in what was mostly a laugher.  At least Vanessa hosted a good in-game discussion at Flair for the Dramatic.  Wang got in trouble right away, allowing three straight doubles in the first to Jones, Markakis, and Huff to make it 2-1 Orioles.  Again, the Yanks blew chances.  In the second, Cano singled and stole second, then reached third when Ransom got on base from an error, but Gardner’s F9 ended that.  Matsui’s liner ended a threat in the third.

The Yanks mounted a two-out rally in the fourth that yielded a run when Nady singled and Ransom doubled him home with a shot to left center, but Wang promptly collapsed. Scott singled, Pie walked, and Zaun’s ground-rule double to right made it 3-1, second and third, no outs.  That had trouble written all over it.  Izturis’s 4-3 scored Pie, 4-1 O-Birds.  Roberts singled to center, Jones’s sac fly to right scored Zaun 5-1, and Markakis clobbered a fastball to right, 7-1, ending Wang’s night.  He was atrocious–3 2/3 IP, 9 hits, 7 runs earned, 3 walks, 0 K’s on 73 pitches/40 strikes.  In 8 IP, neither Sabathia nor Wang struck out a batter, while walking 8.  I’d say that’s a poor recipe for victory, in addition to their abbreviated stints.

Thankfully the bullpen held it there, though Edwar walked 2 in 1 1/3 and Albaladejo 1 a good two-inning stint.  Veras was good in the eighth.  The Yanks battled again, though too little too late.  JD singled with one out in the fifth and stole second, the third steal of the game for the Yanks, but was stranded at second.  The sixth was crucial, for Jorge and Cano doubled to make it 7-2, then Cano took third on Albers’s wild pitch, no outs.  But Nady lined to short, Ransom popped weakly to first, and Gardner grounded to second, ending the chance to chip away.

The Yanks went 1-2-3 in the seventh and eighth before making things interesting in the ninth.  After Nady’s pop out, Swisher walked, Gardner forced Swisher at second, and Jeter hammered a homer to right, 7-4.  Jeter has clearly been the best Yankee batter in the first two games.  JD walked and Teixeira briefly shut up all the mullet-heads booing him in Bal’mer with an RBI double, his first Yankee hit of many to come, 7-5 Orioles.  But Matsui popped out to third, 7-5 Orioles.

Wang supplied the second lousy start thus far, a bad beginning but, with 160 games to go I’ll reserve panicking just yet.  Just as nettlesome to me is how, yet again, the Yankees can make some stranger making his first appearance look like the second coming of Don Newcombe.  Uehara went five, allowing five hits and a walk with just one run earned on 86 pitches/54 strikes.  He threw a circle change much of the night that busted righties in, and faded away from lefties.  Lefties failed to take him the other way enough, and righties got jammed.  The Yanks battled again, as they did Monday which after last year’s many yawner after early deficits, is encouraging.  But the starters have to pick it up.  8 IP, 17 hits, 13 ER, 8 BB, and 0 K doesn’t come within a sniff of cutting it. Horrible.

Jeter was 2-4 with a run, 2 RBIs, and a stolen base.  Teixeira collected his first hit, a RBI double.  Cano was 2-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and has started well.  JD was 1-4 with a stolen base and a run.  Nady was 1-4 with a run, as was Posada, and Ransom 1-3 with an RBI.  But Brett the Jet was 0-4.  Matsui was 0-5.  Worse, the team was 2-11 with RISP, and is an abysmal 3-19 with RISP in the first two games.  Horrible, just like the starting pitching.

Burnett faces another newcomer in righty Alfredo Simon.  Better be good, A.J.  You’re needed now.  The bullpen has thrown 8 innings, spread among 6 different pitchers.  I hate to say it, but these were situations when Brett Tomko was needed as a long man. You just never know when you’ll need one, and few would have predicted two abysmal, short starts from Sabathia and Wang to start the season and lug only half the innings load thus far.

It has to get better from here.  I’m keeping up the optimism this year.

Published in: on April 8, 2009 at 9:59 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. you know i just finished watching the dodgers win their game and when the camera swung to the dugout and i saw torre, bowa and donnie it was pretty sad for me.

  2. A slow start for the Yankees? When have I seen that before? Oh, yeah. Every year. Means nothing. Expect Burnett to shut down the O’s today.

  3. Thanks for stopping by yesterday J. The in-gamer made the game less tormenting, lol =)

  4. I know how you feel, Mike.

    Steve, good to see you and I hope all has been well with you. Clearly you were prophetic.

    It was fun, V. Bad result but a good time.

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