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Jul
1
2007

Downward Spiral Continues

The only thing pretty about today's game was the weather.

Oakland battered Andy Pettitte for seven runs in the second inning and buried the Yanks 11-5 at The Stadium on Sunday afternoon.  The Yankees dropped two of three to the A's this weekend and now stand 8.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL wild card race.

 The Good:

Ron Villone.  Villone entered the game with two outs in the second and the Yanks down 8-0 and pitched great.  His performance kept the fantasy of a Yankee comeback alive.  This makes two straight impressive outings for Villone.  Too bad neither led to a win.  Villone's numbers: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.

The Bad:

Andy Pettitte.  It looked like Pettitte was headed toward another frustrating outing when he gave up an unearned run in the first on a Bobby Abreu error.  But then the A's teed off in the second and Pettitte's start turned into a horror show.  The runs scored so fast it's a miracle Pettitte didn't suffer whiplash.  When the smoke cleared, Pettitte was history and the Yanks were down 8-0 before many in the ballpark were able to purchase their first hot dog.  Pettitte fell to 4-6 with this: 1.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R (7 earned), 0 BB, 1 K, 2 HR.

Robinson Cano.  Joe Torre penciled Cano into the number 3 spot and Cano responded by going hitless.  It's amazing how every lineup change hasn't worked for the Yanks this season.  Maybe Torre should take a page from Billy Martin's book and pick the lineup out of a hat.  Cano killed two rallies as he flew out with the bases loaded in the 4th and K'd with runners on first and second in the 6th.  Robbie finished 0 for 5 and is now batting .265 for the year.

The Ugly:

Up in smoke?  Scott Proctor's frustration level reached critical mass after Saturday's 7-0 loss when he lit some of his equipment on fire outside the Yankee dugout.  Proctor later said he had done it before in Triple A after a bad stretch.  Oh, well then I guess lighting a bonfire in Yankee Stadium makes perfect sense.  But then again, what do I know?  Proctor came in on Sunday and pitched zeros for 1.1 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins are up next for the Yanks and will send the chunky Boof Bonser to the hill.  The Yanks blasted Bonser for six runs in 4.1 innings en route to a 10-1 victory at the Metrodome in April.  The ageless Roger Clemens gets the call for the Yanks and will try again for career win number 350.

Unfortunately, the clock is ticking for the Yanks in 2007.

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