Another shutout. Seriously, how is that possible? I think I could actually help the Yankee lineup right now. If nothing else, I'd be a great clubhouse guy to lighten the mood. I fit right in with the team culture. I'm boring, not that great to look at, and have a hard time scoring. BOOM, roasted!! We're off and running this morning, people. Of course they lost!
Starters Chris Capuano and Alex Colome traded zeros through the first 6 innings. Hard to say if it was because they were pitching well or because the offenses sucked. Capuano walked 4 in his 6 and only got 4 swings and misses on 101 pitches, and Colome had multiple runners on base in multiple innings. The Yankees' best chance was probably the 2nd, when Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran singled and moved up on a wild pitch to put runners at second and third with 1 out. Ichiro popped out to short and John Ryan Murphy flied out to right to end the inning.
Because Capuano threw a hundo plus in 6, Joe had to go to his bullpen early. Adam Warren came on for the 7th and retired 6 straight Rays on 17 pitches to hold Tampa at 0. After Brian McCann popped out with 2 on and 2 out to end the 7th, the Yankees were done with scoring chances and Joe had a decision to make. He had no D-Rob to close and he decided to go with Shawn Kelley for the 9th. It was not the right decision.
Tampa put 2 on with 1 out on a pair of soft base hits, which wasn't necessarily Kelley's fault, but what are you gonna do? Kelley struck out David DeJesus for out 2 and then walked Matt Joyce to load the bases. Probably would have made more sense to go to a lefty there, but hey, I'm not the manager. Ben Zobrist came up next and hit a 1-1 slider that got too much of the plate to right for the walk-off hit. Kelley wasn't great, Joe's decision making wasn't the best, but you shouldn't lose when you give up 1 run. This one's on the offense. Again.
- Martin Prado went 2-4 and was the only Yankee with multiple hits. ichiro's double was the only XBH.
- Capuano does deserve credit for going 6 scoreless, that shouldn't get overshadowed. It wasn't pretty, but 2 hits and no runs against any team is a good outing.
- A precursor to the 2-out 7th-inning rally was Chase Headley getting ejected mid-at-bat for arguing balls and strikes. I really don't know the last time I saw that happen. Stephen Drew came in to finish the at-bat and popped out for the second out.
- Last night's loss paired with Baltimore's win officially eliminated the Yankees from the AL East race. Now we can concentrate on what's really important. Buying Derek Jeter commemorative patches.