April 8, 2009

Yankees' late-game heroics fall just short to O's

The Yankees have proven all of their haters correct. They simply cannot start a season strong. CC Sabathia's sad performance on Monday was followed up today by an even worse performance from Chien-Ming Wang. The Yankees drop to 0-2 on the season. But hey, at least the Red Sox lost to the Rays 7-2. (Now Sox fans can't rub the Yanks' loss in our faces.)

Quick Recap:
I almost had to turn off the TV in the first inning when I watched Wang get blasted for three consecutive doubles - putting the Orioles up 2-0. Cody Ransom's two-out RBI double in the fourth gave the Yankees some dignity, but the Orioles stormed back with five more runs in the fourth - all charged to Wang.

I had to leave for a meeting immediately after Wang gave up a two-run bomb to Nick Markakis, which forced Wang out of the game. The Yanks got one run back in the sixth, but only three more in the ninth thanks to a two-run shot from Derek Jeter. Full box score here.

I am really disappointed with Wang and the rest of the Yankees. Granted, it was Wang's first official start in 297 days, but still, this is just getting embarassing. The Orioles were predicted by most to finish in last place in the AL East. Now, they have beaten a team twice in a row that has far more talent than them and sit atop the AL East throne. The only positive I take from this game was the Yankees' bullpen (4 1/3 no-hit innings).

Offensive notables:
- Jeter had another good game, going 2-for-4 with a homer, a steal and a walk. He is 5-for-9 combined for the series.
- Robinson Cano had his second straight good game, going 2-for-4 with a double, a steal and an RBI. He is 3-for-7 combined in the series.

Pitching notables:
- Wang was not the that the Yankees were looking for today. He was blasted for nine hits and seven runs over 3 2/3 innings.
- Jonathan Albaladejo pitched two no-hit innings tonight. He also pitched in the first game, so he has now logged 3 1/3 scoreless innings this series.

Next game:
A.J. Burnett looks to earn some respect from Yankee fans on Thursday afternoon at 1:35 p.m., as he faces another Orioles rookie, Alfredo Simon, for the series finale.

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