(Courtesy of the AP)
It's never a good thing when you hear or read the word "hope" repeatedly from a team struggling to win in professional sports. After looking like dogshit all last weekend in Boston and dogshit on Tuesday night in Toronto, there was a lot of "hope" being thrown around in the Yankee locker room. Andy Pettitte
"hoped" his teammates were playing with a sense of urgency
. Alfonso Soriano
"hoped" they could turn things around and start playing better last night. When you're saying you're hoping things will happen and not saying that they will or acknowledging that you're going to make things happen, you're in big trouble. For 7 innings last night, that hope didn't translate to anything on the field to help the team of Hughes & Huff, 5th Starters at Law. Then the 8th inning happened and the Yankees saved their season for another day.
- It was another good half-start for Phil Hughes
. He worked around a couple of doubles through 3 scoreless frames, which is all Joe's really looking for these days, and got the hook after giving up a double and a 2-run homer Colby Rasmus
in the bottom of the 4th.
- David Huff
replaced Hughes and promptly gave up a solo shot to the second batter he faced to make it a 3-0 Toronto lead. He was money from there, however, working the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings in order and recording 6 of the 9 outs via the strikeout or groundout.
- More wasted early opportunities was the name of the game for the lineup. They stranded 2 runners in the 1st and 4th innings against J.A. Happ
, then went dormant against him through the 7th to extend their scoreless innings streak in the series.
- Happ came out to start the 8th and that might have been his undoing. He gave up a leadoff double to Brendan Ryan
, got pulled, and watched as the bullpen gave up hits to 4 of the next 5 batters to blow the lead. Vernon Wells
' 2-run double was the big go-ahead hit.
- I guess Joe wasn't very hopeful that David Robertson
could handle himself in the 8th. Despite getting the first 2 outs of the inning easily, Joe pulled D-Rob in the middle of an at-bat after a single and stolen base by Rajai Davis
. He really wanted Mo.
- Mo got out of the 8th and made it interesting in the 9th by giving up singles to the first 2 batters. But he retired the next 3 without much trouble - thanks to some smart infield defense on a bunt attempt - and preserved a big win.