(You're out, dude. By a fucking mile. Courtesy of MLB.com)
We all knew that the Yankees weren't going to win every game for the rest of the season. And the fact that they had this 10-game winning streak against a bunch of above-.500 teams was an impressive feat and a sign of what this team is capable of. But that doesn't make losing and having that streak broken any easier, especially in a game where the Yankees had multiple chances to get the runs they would have needed to win.
- Hiroki Kuroda worked briskly through the first 2 innings on 2 strikeouts, 2 groundouts, and 2 flyouts, and it looked like he was lined up to keep the streak of standout starting pitching going.
- The offense followed up with a Teix single, Raul Ibanez double, and Nick Swisher 2-RBI double off of Tim Hudson to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd, and it looked like the winning streak was going to be in good shape to continue as well.
- But it all came to a halt after that half-inning. Kuroda gave back 1 run in the 3rd after a leadoff triple from Jason Heyward, and then imploded with 2 outs in the 4th, going walk, double, walk, single to allow 2 more runs to score and the Braves to take a 3-2 lead.
- The offense bounced back in the bottom half, scratching an unearned runs across on a pair of errors by Freddie Freeman and Chipper Jones to tie the game, but that was really the last time we would hear from the lineup all night.
- The Braves took the lead in the 6th on a leadoff ground-rule double and a hotshot RBI single by Heyward that went off of Teix. Kuroda wasn't awful last night, but in situations where he needed to make a pitch, situations that he consistently came through in last time against Atlanta, he couldn't do it. Sometimes it goes that way.
- Ugly finish to the game by the offense. Teix got thrown out at home in the 5th by about 100 feet, and Curtis Granderson also got thrown out at home in the 7th, the 2-55 spots in the lineup went a combined 2-16 with 0 RBI, and they only recorded 1 hit as a team in the final 4 innings.
- When you draw 5 walks against somebody like Hudson and get him out of the game after 5 innings, you should win. The Yankees' inability to capitalize and get those timely hits that they've been getting (2-11 w/ RISP as a team) were why they didn't last night.
- Swish: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB. Not a bad return to the lineup after that quad injury scare. 2 of the 3 Yankee runs last night were earned, and Swish drove both of those runs in, so that's a pretty easy case to make.
- Ibanez: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 LOB. Had the only other XBH on the night, and scored 2 of the 3 Yankee runs.
- A-Rod: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 LOB. Not the best line in the world when you're in the middle of the order, although in fairness, he didn't have a lot of guys on base in front of him.
- C-Grand: 1-5, 3 K, 4 LOB. Is Curtis becoming a bit too much of a true outcome hitter for anybody else's liking? Or is it just me?
A rubber match in a 3-game series isn't familiar territory, at least not in the last couple weeks, but that's where the Yankees find themselves tonight. Phil Hughes is on the mound against Tommy Hanson and hopefully he gets another 10-game winning streak started off on the right foot (or arm).