Going into the seventh inning the Yankees held a commanding 8-3 lead that went away in an eye-blink as soon as Joe Girardi called upon Phil Hughes to take care of some mop-up work. Hughes was only able to record one out before leaving the game due to a high pitch count. Following Hughes in the pen was Boone Logan who served up a game-tying homer to Mike Napoli on a grand slam. Logan would face an injury right after Napoli's homer when Daniel Nava singled up the middle and got a piece of Logan's left arm. He would leave the game and the Yankees would eventually surrender the lead and more. No lead is ever safe against the Red Sox. The Yankees probably should have won both of the first two games of this series. Given Tampa Bay's struggles the Yankees would have had sole possession of the second wildcard had they won the first two games of the series against Boston. The Rays keep losing to mediocre teams as their starting pitching is faltering and Wil Myers is not hitting.
The brilliance of Andy Pettitte will be forgotten tonight after he went six solid innings. He struck out eight batters in the no-decision and allowed three earned runs which qualifies as a quality start for the lefty. However, the Yankees bullpen which has been spotty of late could not hold on. These are the games that frustrate you as a fan, and I'm sure that the Yankee players are in disbelief again. First last night happens and now they lose a game in which they had a five run lead in the seventh inning. The lone bright spot was the Yankees ability to get hits with runners in scoring position. Also, Brett Gardner is really fast and Soriano can belt home runs even though he has no idea how to run the bases. These are the things you think about after a game like tonight's. Disbelief and anger are the first thought that come to mind after the pathetic bullpen effort displayed in the contest.