Who pitched worst today (in descending order):
1. Mo – 1 ip, 3 h, 3 er, 0 bb, 0 k
2. Phil Hughes – 5 ip, 6 h, 2 er, 2 bb, 4 k
3. Sean Henn, 1.2 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 0 k
4. Edwar, 2.1 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 3 k
Wow. That was disappointing to say the least. The Yanks scratched and clawed their way back into the game only for Mo to blow it one inning later. Looking back on it, perhaps Joba would have been a better choice in the 10th than Mo.
Phil Hughes’ misplay at first cost the Yanks two runs. That’s a rookie mistake so I can’t kill him for it (plus Tike Redman is superfast). Despite Hughes not looking great, he still pitched five solid innings, and if not for one mistake, would have allowed just one run.
Yankee batters hit a lot of balls hard, but didn’t get many breaks – it seemed like every other line drive was right at someone, e.g. Andy Phillips, Melky (twice), Posada, etc.
The only real excitement came on Shelley Duncan’s two-out, bottom of the 9th, game-tying homer. For some reason, I still didn’t have much confidence going into the 10th – the O’s just seem to be a one of those comeback spoiler teams this year and Mo hasn’t exactly instilled confidence the last few games.
It sucks losing day games (especially ones like this) because that ‘icky’ feeling lasts a whole day and a half. If I had a choice, I’d much rather lose a night game and win a day game than vice versa.
At least Edwar pitched well (are you listening Joe?), Joba is well rested, and… and… oh, and Arod is in the midst of a hot streak (18-43, .419 with four HR and six walks in his last 12 games).
P.S. – Interesting read comparing Joba’s and Hughes’ mechanics.
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