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There wasn't much to be excited about last night in Yankeeland. The team was playing like shit, its players were dropping left and right to the bench and disabled list with injuries, the outlook wasn't good for some of the unknowns, and there was no end to the downslide in sight. They were sending Vidal Nuno, one of the many replacement starters in the rotation right now, to the mound against the Mets, who came in with all the confidence in the world after their double comeback victory on Monday night. It wasn't pretty, and the scene in Yankeeland got a little dimmer.
- Nuno had nothing from the get go. He hit the first batter of the game with his second pitch and gave up a 3-run HR to Curtis Granderson in a 4-run 1st inning, needing 37 pitches to survive it.
- His teammates got him back into it in the bottom half with a 2-out RBI single by Mark Teixeira and follow-up 2-run homer by Brian McCann. It looked like it was going to be a back-and-forth affair.
- Then Nuno stayed in the game. He gave up a run in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th and it was curtains for him after 3.1. Alfredo Aceves relieved him and didn't do much better, giving up 4 runs in 1.2 innings and ballooning the deficit to 11-4.
- The Yanks tacked on runs in the 5th (Soriano ribbie single), 8th, (Solarte solo HR), and 9th (McCann ribbie single), but they never made a serious comeback attempt. It was all meaningless.
- Joe got himself tossed early for arguing balls and strikes. He didn't miss much. Preston Claiborne allowed his obligatory run in a mop-up 9th.
- McCann: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 LOB. Now that's more like it, Big Mac.
- Solarte: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 LOB. Another multi-hit day. Did make a costly throwing error in the 4th though. I still think Joe should go with him at second and Johnson at third more.
- Nuno: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 1 K. He's been pretty terrible since going into the rotation. With all the injuries right now, I don't think there's a way for Joe to get him out.
- Aceves: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. He's sucked too. Wouldn't be surprised to see him DFA'd today to clear a roster spot for Chase Whitley.
The next 2 are at Citi Field. Yanks need a win and they send their best to the mound in Masahiro Tanaka to face highly touted prospect Rafael Montero, who will be making his MLB debut. They'll probably lose 1-0 and Montero will strike out 14.