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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
All Around Sloppy game
What started as a 2-0 Yankees lead in the top of the first inning ended as a btutal 7-4 Yankees loss against a team that doesn't have one hitter who scares a pitcher. The Rays have gotten their way with the Yankees this year, especially at Tropicana Field where the Yankees have now lost their last nine games! Nova pitched relatively well despite control issues. His defense let him down tonight, specifically Russell Martin. Martin had a game that he would like to forget. Once again, he went hitless and he made two costly errors that cost the Yankees several runs. Martin's season average now stands at a measly .182. Any other player who was hitting that low halfway through the season would have gotten sent down but Martin is a catcher so he gets a little more slack from management because most nights, his defense is spectacular. Tonight when you add the errors along with the low average, it doesn't equal something the Yankees and their fans would like. Also, the Yankees cost themselves another run when third base coach Rob Thomson sent Cano around to score on an Ibanez double. Cano ended up getting tagged out by a mile and there were now two outs instead of runners on second and third with one out. At that point, the game was over and the Rays were on their way to winning another one against the Yankees. It's mind boggling how the Rays manage to beat the Yankees every night with a laughable lineup.