CC Outdueled – Whatcha Gonna Do?

May 25, 2009 – 10:07 am

Philadelphia 4, NYY 3. We were promised a pitching duel, and sure enough that’s what we got. Unfortunately the Yankees came out on the short end, but not much you can do about that. CC Sabathia pitched well enough to win (8 IP, 3 ER), but Cole Hamels pitched just as well. The difference came down to defense. The Phillies made a couple of very good plays — Johnny Damon getting thrown out at the plate in the 3rd, and Brett Gardner caught stealing in the 7th. And the Yankees didn’t make the great play — Gardner diving to catch Jimmy Rollins line drive in the 3rd, when he probably should have not gone for the ball and kept Rollins to a single. Take away any of those plays and the Yankees probably win in 9 and there’s no extra innings. But as it were, with a weak bench and a questionable bullpen, the Yankees just don’t match up well in extra innings. Oh well, hard to complain about an 8-2 home stand.

So now it’s on to Texas for a 3-game series with the red-hot Rangers, where Phil Hughes gets the start on Memorial Day.  If you recall, Hughes’ last start against Texas went rather well as he threw 6.1 innings of no hit ball until he had to leave with a hamstring injury.  It will be interesting to see if Texas is for real, as most of their wins so far this year have come against the weaker teams.  They have yet to play New York or Boston, and they have gone 0-6 against Detroit.  But a big part of winning championships is beating up on the sub-.500 teams, and they’ve done that well.

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