The Yankees got unbelievable pitching performances from Phil Hughes and the bullpen over 13 innings, but lost 2-1 at Yankee Stadium last night as the offense failed to show up.
The one run that the Yankees did get was on a Robinson Cano RBI-ground out in the sixth inning. Despite playing 13 innings, the Yankees only got multi-hit games from two players, Derek Jeter and Jayson Nix.
The turning point in the game may have taken place in the top of the 12th inning when Joba Chamberlain, who was cruising along until that point, was hit on the elbow with a broken bat and had to leave the game. David Phelps came on in relief, he didn’t allow a run that inning, but it is certainly possible that if the Yankees wait another inning to call on him that he could have made it through the 13th unscaved. Of course, that is impossible to say.
The series will now resume with a decisive Game 5 on Friday night. CC Sabathia, who was lights out in the opening game of the series, will face Jason Hammel. The winner will head to the ALCS to face the Detroit Tigers.