Sunday, July 29, 2012

Yankees Rally not Enough against Sox

CC Sabathia did not have great stuff today, and that was evident from the first pitch of the game all the way to the pitch where he gave up a three-run home run to Adrian Gonzalez. CC has not been himself over the last two year, and it is becoming more and more of a trend to see Sabathia give up three plus runs in a start. Before last year's second half, you were almost shocked to see CC give up more than two runs in a start. This year, it's more like "is he going to keep us in the game?" Now, he is still CC Sabathia. I feel comfortable with him on the mound but he hasn't been what the Yankees want him to be lately and it is becoming a concern for me as a fan to watch an expensive pitcher struggle. Lester started the game great but ultimately fell into his recent ways as he gave up four runs in six innings, which is still better than what he has been doing at home this season.

The Yankee offense was stagnant for much of the beginning part of the game as Lester was puzzling the hitters. However, Stewart hit his first home run of the year and Jayson Nix went deep against Lester. The Yankees tied the game in the eighth inning when Mark Teixeira faced his long time nemesis in Vincente Padilla and DRILLED a two-run shot into the right field seats. Teixeira admired his home run for a long time and took forever to round the bases, taking a jab at Padilla. After the game, Teixeira said he wanted to make sure his home run was not foul. Tex, I think it is safe to say that it wasn't anywhere near going foul, but lets go with that one.

The Yankee rally fell short and they could not come back against Aceves after Soriano gave up the go-ahead runs in the top of the ninth. This game showed the Yankee fan that the Yankees do not quit and until the very last out, I felt that a comeback was in the cards. This is a special team that can accomplish wonders when they are healthy and firing on all cylinders.

In tomorrow's rubber game on ESPN at 8 PM, Felix Doubront meets up with Hiroki Kuroda, who has been fantastic this season. The Yankees have not done great against Doubront this season in two games, but they still scored enough runs off of him to be able to win one of the games. The other is on "Yankees Classics" as the Yankees scored fifteen runs to win the game at Fenway Park in April after Doubront left the game.

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