June 21, 2009

Notes and thoughts from loss to Marlins

The Yankees lost a heartbreaker against the Marlins in the second game of the series. It all came down to another ball bouncing off the mitt of a fielder. Unfortunately for the Yankees, the mitt belonged to one of their own, Johnny Damon.

Hanley Ramirez came all the way around from first to score after Jorge Cantu’s liner bounced off Damon’s glove in the sixth inning to make it 2-0. The Yankees rebounded with one run in the seventh off starter Josh Johnson, but couldn’t beat the Marlins bullpen. Full box score here.


  • Sounds like a tough loss to me. One unearned run can cost a team a win, and it did last night for the Yankees.
  • You cannot fault Jorge Posada’s catching abilities in this one. He threw two runners out trying to steal, and “called an excellent game” according to starter A.J. Burnett. However, Posada and his bat were stifled at the plate, along with most other Yankees against Cy Young Award candidate Josh Johnson.
  • You also cannot fault the bullpen. They now have tossed 16 consecutive shutout frames.
  • The expected pitchers’ duel held up on both ends. Both pitchers allowed just one earned run each.
  • Nick Swisher had the only RBI for the Yankees in the loss. He’s not having a great June, but it’s a heck of a lot better than his May.

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