So Close Yet So Far Away…again…

A wasted Phil Hughes performance…

 

From the movie, Hangover

 

Hughes did his part.  Unfortunately, no one else did.  Pitching into the 6th inning with only one run allowed, Hughes saw a potential victory evaporate in the hands of relievers Boone Logan and David Robertson.

 

 

 

Thanks, in part, to a throwing error by Jorge Posada in the 8th, and a subsequent hit by Cesar Izturis, the Baltimore Orioles had the insurance run they would need to hold off a late rally by the Yankees.

 

A fielder’s choice groundout by Alex Rodriguez in the 9th inning ended the game after two runs had scored in the inning to bring the Yanks within one run, 5-4.  The blazing hot Robinson Cano was left standing in the on-deck circle.

 

 

Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post

 

This was a very disappointing performance by the Yankees, who have been very uninspired of late in losing four of the last five games.  Not even a Monday trip to Washington to meet President Barack Obama helped motivate the squad. 

 

 

Obama Yankees Baseball

AP 

 

After a terrific start, the Yankees are now 12-7, 2 ½ games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.  The Boston Red Sox have won two straight to pull within 3 games of the Yankees and into third place.

 

 

Clay Buchholz

 

Boston Globe

 

In typical Curt Schilling fashion, controversial remarks were abound as he indicated Yankees pitcher Javier Vazquez was not an American League guy.  Manager Joe Girardi defended Vazquez.  “Guys are asked to analyze situations, and so they make their analysis.  We still believe Javy’s going to be successful, and he’s going to pitch at a very high level for us.”  I hope Joe’s right, but I have to admit I had the same reservations when I first heard the Yankees had re-acquired Vazquez.  His greatest successes have come in Montreal and Atlanta, both National League cities.  I am still hopeful Javy will succeed in the Bronx but the concerns and fears will remain until he proves me wrong…

 

 

The Yankees are bringing pitcher Javier Vazquez back to the Bronx...

Bazemore/AP

 

 

Hats off to San Francisco pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for outdueling the great Roy Halladay in the Giants’ 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies last night.

 

 

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez th... Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

Gross game tonight. Ugh. So many mistakes and missed opportunities. The good news was Hughes, despite the pitch count. He’s really impressive.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Relievers blowing the game and catchers making errors? Where have I heard that before?? ;-) The O’s do bring out the worse in our teams……Thank you to the Yankees for taking the time when they were in D.C. to visit our wounded Vets. You know that brightened the day of so many of our real American Heroes.

And watch out – the Red Sox are closing fast!! Can’t wait for our series next week! And the “book report” I owe you? It will be up by the end of the day this Saturday….

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

Vasquez is certainly a risk in the American League–essentially, he’s only had one good year in the AL (200X with Chicago). If you look at his Batting Order Position splits while in the NL, you quickly see that he utterly dominated against pitchers (more than most other NL pitchers). Losing that easy out and replacing it with a top quality hitter really, really hurts Vasquez.

But its still really early in the season. While I don’t think he’ll be great, there’s still time for him to adjust and get his ERA in the 4.50 realm–perfectly fine for a #4 starter with that offense supporting him.
abovetheshoulders

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