What an atrocious loss to suffer to the lowly Senators, dropping a 3-2 game as the Yanks were again befuddled by mediocrity in the form of lefty John Lannan.  Nice for the local boy to make good, but horrible that the Yanks had too many quick at-bats, and in general did nothing off him and DC until too late.  This is a team that scuffled on the road–badly–before this series.  This team was 6-24 on the road before tonight, for goodness sake.  I knew the Yanks might have trouble with Lannan, the prototypical mysterious lefty who flummoxes the Yanks.  But the guy had a no-hitter into the fifth, with Cano’s solo shot breaking up that and the shutout.  A bad sign was the team failing to work the count, making Lannan throw all of seven pitches for the next three outs after Cano’s tater. Posada was the worst culprit, swinging at the first pitch after the homer. In all, they managed four hits against Eddie Lopat-Lite.  Disgraceful.

Wang was on the whole good, going 5 and allowing three runs earned on six hits, two walks, with four K’s on 91 pitches/54 strikes.  He got 10 ground ball outs and worked well, but he got no favors on the safe call in the fifth when Guzman was wrongly called safe at first on a 5-3.  After Nick Johnson immediately doubled, making it 3-0 instead of 2-0, and that extra run really hurt.  Also damaging on the play was Melky’s futile dive for a ball out of his reach and, with JD still in transit into left center, no backup on the play; not a wise move, Melky.  Wang deserves another start despite the loss, for he was efficient and did what he should–throw strikes and ground ball outs. The relief work was excellent, showing that some relievers, especially the three who worked tonight, merit some trust.  Hughes was very good in relief, allowing just a hit in the sixth and seventh while fanning four on a mere 24 pitches/16 strikes.  Coke allowed but a walk and fanned three in 1 1/3, and Aceves mopped up the ninth.  Hughes got some help from Teixeira, who positively robbed Johnson of a double with a great stop in the top of the seventh.  The guy is amazing.

But the offense generated practically nothing off local boy Lannan, who handcuffed the Yanks.  In the ninth, JD homered to lead off, cutting the lead to 3-2.  Swish made out on an F7, Teixeira singled to left, chasing Lannan.  Against Mike MacDougal, pinch-runner Brett the Jet stole not just second but also third with A-Rod, who walked.  But after a long nine-pitch at-bat, Cano doubled into a game-ending 6-4-3 DP.

JD was 2-4 with his 14th homer and 39th RBI, batting .286.  Teixeira’s single put him at .284.  Cano’s 12th homer and 42nd RBI left him at .308.  The rest of the order was, as the classic character Mick Belker from “Hill Street Blues” would say, “dog barf.”

Joba (3-1, 3.84 ERA) faces righty Craig Stamman (0-2, 5.86 ERA) in a game the Yanks better win.  Toronto beat Philly again to make up a game on the Yanks.  Boston is up on Florida 6-1 in the 9th as I write, and Tampa is down 5-3 in Colorado.  Kudos to Lannan, but tonight’s loss can get tossed on the pile of ignominious defeats with Mariano’s blown save, Burnett’s implosion, and the Yanks’ wasting CC’s gem (just like they did to Pettite in April 2007 in Fenway).  Enough of the dog barf losses, especially to woefully inferior opponents.

Published in: on June 17, 2009 at 9:20 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I started leaving a lengthy comment about the game and then i remembered that I actually had a blog that i could rant on…

    at any rate i’m a bit less pissed than i was last night.

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