So Much For The Undefeated Second Half

July 26, 2009 – 9:45 am

Oakland 6, NYY 4. With Gio Gonzalez and his 9.33 ERA up against Andy Pettitte, probably the last thing you would expect in this game was a pitcher’s duel. But baseball can be pretty unpredictable, and so we ended up with just that — at least for a while. Through six innings, the Yankees had 1 run on 2 hits while Pettitte was shutting out the A’s on a 2-hitter. But alas, reality finally caught up with Andy as well as Alberto Aceves and Oakland put a 6-spot on the board in the 7th and that was that. As the old saw goes, all good things must come to an end and so the Yankee win streak and undefeated second half of the season came to an abrupt halt.

For what it’s worth, it was a pretty odd lineup that Girardi started, what with Matsui, Damon, and Posada all getting the day off. So the poor offensive start to the game wasn’t all that surprising. But with Sergio Mitre on the mound Sunday for just his second start, it probably makes some sense to rest the guys who need it in this game and have all the bats available for Mitre’s start, and then just hope that Pettitte can somehow get by without that much run support. It just wasn’t to be. Oh well, time to start another winning streak.

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