Another Stinker

August 18, 2009 – 11:22 am

Oakland 3, NYY 0. You have to tip your hat to Brett Tomko, as he was pissed off when the Yankees let him go last month because he felt like he hadn’t been given a fair shot at starting. And to be fair, he probably had every right to be upset. He pitched well in spring training, pitched well at Scranton in the early part of the season, and then when called up in May he didn’t pitch all that bad considering the garbage time he was given. In fact, if you throw out one terrible appearance against the Mets, his numbers were very respectable — 20 IP, 3.60 ERA, 1.05 WHIP. With the Mets game, though, his ERA was a rather unsightly 5.23. Which just goes to show how hard it is to judge relievers by their stats, when one bad, short appearance can throw things so out of whack.

Anyway, Tomko certainly got a nice dose of revenge, shutting out the Yankees over 5 innings. He got in to what could have been serious danger in the third when he loaded the bases with only one out. But he got Alex Rodriquez to hit in to a double-play, and then breezed through the next two innings retiring 6 of 7 batters faced. From there on out it was bullpen-by-committee shutting down the Yankees for the rest of the way. It was the first time they’ve been shut out since June 23 — a month in which they were shut out three times, all in a two week period. Let’s hope that’s not the direction we are now headed.

Not to be overlooked was yet another pretty good outing by A.J. Burnett. Outside of the meltdown in the 4th inning, he threw 7 innings of 2-hit shutout ball. What happened there in the 4th, only A.J. knows for sure. Not only did he get hit hard, he also went to sleep and allowed Rajai Davis to steal third and also balked in a run. But in the end, it really didn’t matter, as it’s awfully hard to win when your offense doesn’t score a single run.

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