Thursday, May 8, 2008

Wang's First Loss

Chien-Ming Wang wasn't pitching his best, but still managed a decent performance, only allowing 3 runs in 7 innings of work. Kyle Farnsworth, pitching for the second straight night, came on in the eighth and allowed a hit but no runs. In the ninth inning, Albaladejo got into some serious trouble, loading the bases, but worked out of the jam with some defensive help from Molina.

Jose Molina brought his A game, making some nice throws during the game to get runners out and had a 2-3 double play in the ninth to bail out Albaladejo. Molina fielded a short bunt, touched home for the force out and then made the throw to first for the other out.

The story of the game was Cliff Lee's dominance of the Yankee hitters, allowing 6 hits but no runs. Six hits is a little misleading, as watching the game you really got the sense the Yanks were overmatching by Lee's pitching.

Yankee fans are used to the team scoring a lot more runs than they have been. Losing a game 3-0 is not typical Yankee style. Hopefully A-Rod will be back soon and contributing more, and some of the other slumping bats will come to life.

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