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Jun
2
2007

7th Inning Blunders KO Yanks

Ever wish you could have a "do-over" inning?

The Yanks were up 6-5 heading into the seventh inning when poor defense and shaky pitching opened the door to a 5-run rally and an 11-6 Boston victory.  Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell was a one-man wrecking crew as he drove in 4 runs, delivered a forearm shiver to Robinson Cano during a double play and knocked Doug Mientkiewicz into la-la land in a collision at first base.

The Good:

 Melky Cabrera.  The Melk Man's homer in the second inning, just inside the Pesky Pole, gave the Yanks an early 1-0 lead.  Cabrera finished 3 for 4 and a triple short of the cycle.  Melky will get regular playing time in center with the injury to Giambi and it looks like he's starting to heat up.

Jorge Posada.  Posada was given half a day off today, but he continues to be a full-time hitter.  His three-run bomb off Schilling in the sixth gave the Yanks a short-lived 4-3 lead.  Jorgie finished 2 for 4 with the 3 RBIs and a run scored.

The Bad:

Mike Mussina.  Mussina tap-danced in and out of trouble the entire afternoon.  His velocity was down (again) and even the outs were hit hard.  It has already been a long year for the Yanks, but if Mussina doesn't turn it around, it could get even longer.  The Moose's no decision looked like this: 5+ IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 1 K, 2 HR.

Scott Proctor.  Proctor was unwilling to pitch inside on Saturday, a day after being ejected for drilling Kevin Youkilis.  I like Proctor, but what good is being the enforcer one night and then coming back tentatively the next?  Now, the Yankee fielders didn't help with their shabby defense, but it looked like Proctor was pitching scared.  Proctor dropped to 0-3 with this line: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R (2 earned), 3 BB (2 intentional), 1 K.

Derek Jeter.  Jeter was great at the dish, going 2 for 5 with a solo homer in the seventh which gave the Yanks a 5 minute 6-5 lead, but was awful in the field.  Jeter committed 2 errors (one throwing, one fielding) during the nightmarish seventh inning. 

The Ugly:

The entire bottom of the seventh inning.  Bobby Abreu started things off by misplaying a fly ball into a double off the bat of David Ortiz.  Abreu picked up 2 hits in the game, but his play in the seventh canceled out his performance at the plate.  Later, with the bases loaded, Cano made a lazy flip to Jeter on a potential double-play ball which caused Jeter's bad throw to first.  Two runs scored on the play and Mientkiewicz was slammed in the noggin and knocked out of the game.

Failure to launch.  Roger Clemens was scratched from his start on Monday night in Chicago.  The reason?  The Rocket has a fatigued right groin.  It just gets weirder and weirder.

The Yanks will try and take the series on Sunday night as Josh Beckett puts his perfect 8-0 record on the line against Andy Pettitte.  

Let's see if the Yanks can bounce back from this nightmare.

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4 Comments
[June 2, 2007 11:25 PM]  |  link  |  Reply
Erin said

I know the groin is a muscle and all, but anytime anyone has an injury there, I can't help but giggle. Apparently I'm still thirteen.

And it's especially hilarious when the groin is "fatigued." It just got tired is all. Don't ask any questions about what happened to make it so exchausted.

[June 3, 2007 1:52 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Mike said

Groin injuries are always funny, if they happen to other people of course.

Excuse me, I mean groin fatigue.

[June 3, 2007 2:16 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Brian said

I'm still amazed that Clemens is so big he has two groins. Only his right one is fatigued, according to Joe Buck, who is an expert in all things groin-related.

Did you catch the intro today, when he called Julian Tavarez "Julie?"

[June 3, 2007 2:25 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Mike said

I did catch that in the intro. I guess Buck and Julie are cool like that.






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