Saturday, June 2, 2012

Can't get over the Curve

On a night where Kuroda pitched a great game, the Yankee bats disappered quietly into the night. Kuroda went seven innings, allowing only two runs after a long rain delay in the first inning. The Yankees tied the game in the eighth inning thanks to Swisher's RBI hit. In the bottom of the inning, Cabrera would tattoo an offering from Cory Wade to give back the lead to the Tigers. In the ninth, Valverde had nothing. He walked several and hit Alex Rodriguez by a pitch. Cano popped out with one out and the bases loaded and Teixeira drove a run in via bases loaded walk. Ibanez made the final out of the inning before the Tigers would walk-off the Yankees.

Girardi and batting coach, Kevin Long were both ejected in
the seventh inning after bad strike calls by HP umpire Bob
With one hit, the Yankees could have been celebrating a victory tonight. They had the bullpen relievers on the ropes almost the entire end of the game. They needed one hit that would give them a lead. The offense relies solely on the long ball, which is why they can't get clutch hits. A home run is a mistake, meaning they won't come the majoring of the time. They need to drive the pitch where it should be hit. A single could have won them the game. Instead, alcoholic Miguel Cabrera is pouring water over Omir Santos' head while the Yankees lose another game where they don't hit a home run. The Yankees have not won a game this year where they didn't hit the ball over the fence. In a span of over 50 games, you would think they would be able to win one without hitting a home run but they have not found a way to drive runners in without hitting home runs.

In the rubber match which the Yankees desperately need to win entering an off day, Phil Hughes goes against Justin Verlander. It will be a tough mountain to climb but if Hughes manages to keep Cabrera off the bases the Yankees should find a way to hit Verlander as they have in the past.

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