(It was that kind of day for the Yankee bats. Courtesy of The AP)
Things have been going prettay, prettay, prettay good for David Phelps
this season, and he had a chance to audition on a national stage yesterday against the Yankees' greatest rival. Things haven't been so hot for Jawn Lestah this season, and he had a chance to get his head kicked in again on a national stage yesterday. Somewhat surprisingly, Lestah brought his A-game and actually carried the Fraud Sawx, something he hasn't done a lot of this season. Phelps was up to the challenge, and pitched a great game in his own right, just not great enough to win.
- Phelps made a mistake by hanging a pitch in the top of the 1st to Adrian Gonzalez
that turned into a 2-run HR, but other than that he looked good early. Phelps allowed just 1 hit and threw just 28 pitches in the next 3 innings, striking out 3 and retiring 7 in a row to end the 4th.
- The biggest problem was the Yankee lineup's inability to put enough hits together to do damage against Jon Lester
. They had at least 1 baserunner in each of the first 5 innings but had only Curtis Granderson
's solo HR to show for it.
- It's never good to get burned by the bottom of the order, but that's what happened to Phelps in the 5th. He gave up a double to Nick Punto
(a near unforgivable offense) and new Yankee killer Pedro Ciriaco
came around to score to make it 3-1 Sawx.
- The Yankees blew a golden opportunity in the bottom of the 7th after Granderson doubled and then moved to third on a groundout to give the Yankees a chance to score a run on an out. But Jayson Nix
and Ichiro Suzuki
couldn't drive him in and it stayed a 3-1 game.
- Ciriaco continued to kill the Yankees in the top of the 9th, doubling Scott Podsednik
to third with no outs and allowing to score an insurance run against Cody Eppley
. Ciriaco's batting line against the Yankees is unreal.
- It was a day of missed opportunities for the offense. They put at least 1 runner on base in every inning except the 6th, and put the leadoff runner on in 4 innings without scoring in any of them. Yesterday was a day that showed just how shallow that lineup can be without A-Rod and Teix.