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Jun
26
2007

Orioles Walk Away with a Win

OK, this is getting pretty depressing.

The Yanks dropped another heartbreaker on Tuesday night as Scott Proctor walked in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Orioles a 3-2 win.  The Yankees have dropped three straight, 6 of their last 7 and now stand at 36-38 on the season.

The Good:

 Andy Pettitte.  Pettitte pitched his guts out again and again the Yankee bats fell silent.  Pettitte's control was a bit off, but he was able to limit the O's to only two runs in seven innings.  The defense was also a bit lax as a miscommunication between Melky and Abreu in the outfield allowed a run to score in the fourth.  YES cameras later showed an irate Pettitte in the dugout.  Was he upset at himself or with the outfield play?  Who knows, but Torre had a little talk with Abreu and Cabrera after Pettitte's little fit.  The way things have gone for Pettitte this season, I'm surprised he hasn't hauled off on somebody.  At least Pettitte didn't get a tough luck loss; just a tough luck no decision: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 2 K.

Johnny Damon.  Damon injected some life into the lethargic Yanks in the sixth when he blasted his 5th homer of the year.  The dinger pulled the Yankees even at 2-2.  Every time Damon seems destined for the disabled list, he comes through with a solid performance.  Damon probably belongs on the DL at this point, but the offense really can't afford to lose him; even if he is at half strength.  Damon finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and the two-run bomb.

The Bad:

Scott Proctor.  Proctor dropped to an appalling 1-5 this season with his effort on Tuesday.  He started digging his own grave when he walked Corey Patterson to lead off the ninth.  It was a tough at-bat, but in the end Patterson was on first.  Proctor then fell into a first and second, nobody out hole when he made a spectacular play on a bunt attempt by Chris Gomez.  Proctor stretched out and made a diving catch on the ball for a big out, but the play knocked the wind out of him.  It sounds like an excuse, but Proctor was really off after that play.  The evidence?  Two straight walks to end the game.  Proctor's losing totals: .1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB.

The Ugly:

Road Warriors?  The Yanks dropped to 16-24 on the road this season.  That's disgusting.  It's another sign of being a bad team and if the Yanks expect to be playing in October, they better start winning when they wear the grey uniforms.

Roger Clemens will try and stop the bleeding on Wednesday and will hook up against lefty Erik Bedard.  Bedard defeated the Yanks way back on April 8th; a game which dropped the Bombers to an unfamiliar 2-3 on the young season.

An under .500 record isn't that unfamiliar anymore.

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