You’d Better Believe It
I still can’t really believe that the Yankees were shut out by the A’s last night. And A.J. picked up the loss despite pitching a helluva game. That’s baseball. The Yankees lost last night 3-0.
Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett really pitched well. He pitched the whole game for the Yanks, 8 innings because they lost in the top of the 9th. He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks and he struckout 5 along the way. It was just 1 stupid inning that cost the Yanks the game, and that was the 4th.
A.J. pitched well, but got the loss.
With 1 out in the 4th, Rajai Davis hit a ball in the right-center gap that Swish dived for and missed, so it was a double. He then stole 3rd. Then they put the infield in, and Kurt Suzuki hit a grounder up the middle for a single, which scored Davis. That would not have been a hit if the infield was at normal depth. Then Scott Hairston singled and Suzuki went to 3rd. This is the part that annoyed me: A.J. started his windup to throw a pitch to Ellis, when he just bails on the windup and steps of. He balked, and the runners mved up, which meant Suzuki scored. Cheap! Then Mark Ellis doubled, and it was 3-0 A’s. That’s how it wound up at the end. A.J. Burnett pitched a great game. He just had some bad luck.
Defensive Analysis: The defense was very solid last night, but the 2nd inning really stood out to me. Hairston led off with a single, but tried to steal 2nd and was gunned down by the birthday boy Jorge Posada. Sweeney walked, and then Ellis came up. He hit a liner to Damon, who made a nice catch. But Sweeney did not know he caught the ball, and he was all the way at 3rd base! So the Yankees just walked the ball back to 1st, for the inning ending double play!
Offensive Analysis: There was no offense last night. For some unknown reason, Brett Tomko was unhittable. I guess he really wanted revenge! The Yankees did have an opportunity to break the game wide open, but they failed.
In the 3rd, Ramiro Pena (cutie!) singled, Jeter singled, and Tex walked to load the bases with 1 out. Now it was Arod’s turn. And what does he do? On the first pitch he grounded back to the pitcher, who got the out at home and then the out at first. 1-2-3 double play. Who does that? But Arod’s “at-bat,” if you can even call it that, was absolutely ridiculous. He ended the inning on the first pitch of his at-bat! With the bases loaded, he should’ve been patient. He is the cleanup hitter. He needs to clean up, not ground weakly into a double play. CLEAN UP! GET A FRIGGIN HIT ONCE IN AWHILE! STOP LOOKING FOR KATE HUDSON IN THE CROWD AND FOCUS!!! JEEZ!
She’s not gonna be there every day, Alex!
So the Yankees were shutout by the A’s. A.J. pitched a great game but got the loss. Whatever. We’ll gettem tonight. The Yankees lost .5 of a game last night, but they still have a 7 game lead over the smelly Sox. I want a bigger lead. GET ME A BIGGER LEAD, BOYS!