Freddy Garcia started for the Yankees and just wasn’t effective enough. He tossed 5.1 innings, allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks. He got the loss. The big blow came off the bat of Kevin Youkilis, a three-run shot in the 3rd inning to tie the game at 4-4.
The Yankees were held to just six hits with Mark Teixeira collecting two of them. Curtis Granderson had the biggest hit tonight as his two-run homer in the 2nd gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead. Andruw Jones also hit a solo shot that inning.
NOTABLE PLAYERS AND THEIR WPAs: Jorge Posada: .080
Posada came into the game to a standing ovation and many chants of ‘hip hip, Jorge!’ Then, like a veteran, he very patiently drew a walk in a late and close game. Nothing too huge, but it was a big situation in the context of things and it showed a lot of faith in a player who really hasn’t deserved it. It just goes to show you how respected he is.
WHAT THIS MEANS: It’s still mid-May so it’s really hard to get too upset about this series, but it is embarrassing. The big issue is that they have lost 9-of-12. That’s a rough stretch. They really have to pull themselves together, start hitting with runners in scoring position and stop with the sloppy fielding.
It also allowed the Red Sox to get back to .500 (20-20). The Rays lost to the Orioles tonight so now the three teams are within three games in the standings.
UP NEXT: The Yankees head to Florida to take on their other division rival, the Tampa Bay Rays, in a short two-game series. A.J. Burnett (4-2, 3.38 ERA) takes the mound against southpaw David Price (5-3, 3.12 ERA). Two games back, the Yankees could tie them for first place with a sweep.