Winning Ugly

July 4, 2010 – 11:39 pm

NYY 7, Toronto 6. It looked like both teams were doing their best to lose this one, but ultimately it was Toronto that apparently wanted to lose worse. First the Yankees ran themselves out of two big innings through base running blunders, then Toronto gifted the Yankees two runs when DeWayne Wise lost an easy fly ball in the sun and Brett Gardner turned it into an inside-the-park home run, then Mariano Rivera tried to give the game back to the Blue Jays by blowing the save in the ninth. But in the end it was Marcus Thames, fresh off the DL, who got the walk off RBI single in the bottom of the tenth, thus saving the Yankees from what would have been extremely embarrassing back-to-back home series losses to two non-contending teams. They had no business winning this one, but who’s complaining?

Thames Walk OffRob Thompson surely set some kind of record by getting three runners thrown out at the plate in the span of just two innings. On the one hand it would be easy to blame Thompson, as all three outs were pretty much routine defensive plays that you have to expect they’ve got a pretty good chance of making. But then maybe with the way that the Yankees have been failing to hit with RISP of late, he figured why not take the chance even if the odds were against him, as the Yankees probably wouldn’t be able to drive in the runners anyway? I guess that was it.

The biggest disappointment of the day was Phil Hughes, though. For those who discounted his poor outing in his last start as being caused by having missed a start, well guess what — on regular rest he looked about the same as he did last time, getting roughed up for five runs in six innings, all the damage coming from three home runs. The reality is that after such a great start to the season, Hughes has been going downhill for over a month. His April ERA was 2.00, then in May it went to 3.03, in June it hit 5.17, and now July is off to an even worse start. The innings and/or exposure may be starting to catch up with him. And that’s not good.

Quick Hit. Will someone please explain to me how Andy Pettitte isn’t voted on to the All-Star team? He’s 10-2 with a 2.82 ERA and has the highest win percentage (along with Phil Hughes) in the league, and he’s a 15-year veteran having one of the best years of his career. If this were the fans voting, it might be understandable, but the pitchers are voted in by the players themselves. Is there a story here somewhere? Is Andy for some reason despised by a lot of his fellow players? This just makes no sense at all.

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