The Yanks dropped Tuesday’s game 7-4 to the Mariners, but what did you expect with Cliff Lee on the mound?
Lee, who beat the Yanks twice in last year’s World Series (but still isn’t a WFC), shut the Yanks down for the most part. He tossed another complete game (his third in a row and fourth in five starts) and gave up just three earned runs on eight hits. On the bright side, Lee kind of sort of implied that he’d like to go to the Yanks either at the trade deadline or when he becomes a free agent:
I like pitching here.
I’ll like it too when and if you’re rocking the pinstripes, buddy.
Despite a less-than-stellar showing at the plate, there were some positives for the Yanks in that debacle:
- Lee’s streak of 144 batters without a walk ended with a second-inning free pass to Jorge Posada of all people.
- Lee had 21 full counts all season heading into Tuesday’s tilt; the Yanks worked it full three times within the first two innings.
- Swish Dog took Lee deep twice Tuesday for his 15th career two-home game. The only other players to homer off him twice in a game are Jose Guillen in 2008, and Edgar Martinez and Carlos Lee in 2004.
- Tex extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a double in the ninth.
- C-Grizzle had two hits off of Lee, which was the first time he had two hits against a lefty since September 16, 2009.
- The Yanks have now scored six runs over their last two ninth innings. Shades of 2009?
- Don’t you just hate fans on their cell phones during games?
- CHoP in his last three appearances prior to Tuesday: 4 1/3 innings, 8 hits and seven earned runs. He tossed two innings of perfect relief against the M’s…I can’t remember who, but somebody once told me that you just can’t predict baseball.
Elsewhere in the good news circuit: Marcus Thames could be back with the Yanks very soon.
Phil Hughes, on the other hand, looked like dog shit. He gave up a season-high seven runs — six earned — on a career-high 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings with three strikeouts to two walks. The loss snapped his 10-game home winning streak. The 24-year-old said the extra rest didn’t throw him off and that it was a command problem, and he even went as far as to say he supports the innings limit. Girardi said after the game that the young whippersnapper will make his final two starts before the All-Star Break.
Wednesday night the Yanks are back at it with Javy going against King Felix. LET’S GO YANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!