Another Clunker

July 31, 2009 – 10:54 am

Chicago 3, NYY 2. Not exactly a good way to start a 4-game series against one of the better teams in the AL. For the second time in three games, the Yankees looked like a sandlot team playing defense. Errors by Andy Pettitte and Robbie Cano and another misplay that certainly should have been an error by Alex Rodriguez led to one Chicago run. And then Phil Coke somehow lets a .193 hitter who is in the game strictly for defensive purposes get the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth. Even though Phil Hughes got tagged with the loss, that’s two games in a row where Coke didn’t get the job done. Time to start worrying that maybe the league is catching up to Coke? Of course when you only score two runs, you probably aren’t going to win anyways — so the offense is just as much to blame here.

It’s hard to call game one of a 4-game series “crucial”, but with Sergio Mitre, the stop-gap No. 5 starter going tomorrow for NY and then having to face Mark Buehrle, one of the hottest pitchers in the league right now, in game four — it would have been nice to win this one. Now it’s going to be an uphill battle to gain a series split.

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