Sunday, September 1, 2013
Bullpen Blows Chance at Sweep
The Yankee offense got to Chen early in the first inning, loading the bases for Vernon Wells who struck out looking at a pitch on the outside corner. It always seems that Wells comes up in the big situations and fails whenever the Yankees lose a game. The Yankees would go up 3-0 momentarily in the game but could not mount a comeback in the latter innings following the Orioles' seven run seventh. Cano had a horrific game, going 0-5 with three strikeouts. It's rare to see Cano with two K's in one game and today he had three. Brett Gardner was the only bright spot in the lineup, going 2-4 with two doubles, a bases loaded walk and an RBI. Gardner is quietly putting together a solid season, with 29 doubles on the year and a respectable .271 batting average.
The Yankees squandered a golden opportunity to go up another game on the Orioles but instead fall back in the standings behind the Orioles. As the games dwindle to a precious few, the Yankees find themselves losing critical games. They were able to pull off a series win against the Birds but when all is said and done, still failed to achieve their goal going into the final game of the series. Next are the White Sox who have been losing a lot lately. This is the Yankees chance to redeem themselves before a tough stretch against the Red Sox and once again, the Baltimore Orioles in Maryland.