So Close, Yet So Far Away…
The tie with the Boston Red Sox was very short-lived…
Much to Julia‘s happiness and my dismay, the Yankees lost to the Philadelphia Phillies while the Boston Red Sox pounded the New York Mets.
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Melky Cabrera’s game-tying single in the bottom of the 9th inning brought visions of yet another walk-off win, but unfortunately, this time there were no late inning heroics. It appeared that it could have happened in the 10th inning when both Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter singled, but Mark Teixeira hit into a double-play. After a walk to Alex Rodriguez, Ramiro Pena flied out to end the inning.
In the top of the 11th inning with Brett Tomko on the mound, Chase Utley drew a walk and promptly stole second. Carlos Ruiz doubled to score Utley with the eventual winning run. This day clearly belonged to Ruiz, who had 3 hits on the day (and was 7-for-12 for the series). He tagged Johnny Damon at out the plate when Damon tried to score on a Mark Teixeira single. He also threw out speedy Brett Gardner on an unsuccessful attempt to steal second.
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There is a new AL East leader as the Red Sox moved in front of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 12-5 rout of the Mets. The Blue Jays lost to the Atlanta Braves, 10-2. So, the Yankees are back in 3rd place, a game behind the Red Sox. The Jays are in 2nd, a ½ back.
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The Yankees now head to Arlington, Texas to face the Texas Rangers. The Rangers lead the AL West by 3 ½ games over the Los Angeles Angels (with a record of 26-17). I wonder how the Texas crowd will react to A-Rod. There is a little something that Alex admitted to doing while a member of the 2003 Texas Rangers, so it’ll be time to face the music…
The Yankees played in their 11th consecutive game without an error, which has set a new franchise record. Despite today’s loss, the Yankees finished a very successful home stand with a mark of 8-2. Hopefully, they’ll continue this level of play as they take the show on the road.