Second place is the first loser


Ricky Romero shut down the Yanks as the Jays took an 8-2 victory on Tuesday, knocking the Yanks out of first place. However, they still lead the Wild Card by 5 1/2 games over the Red Cox, who come to town for a four-game set this weekend. (cue the ominous music)

Romero retired 15 Yanks in a row at one point and 25 of the final 26 batters he saw. Toronto’s third baseman (Encarnacion), left fielder (Snider) and right fielder (Bautista) didn’t field a ball all night as the Yanks made all of their outs up the middle.

The Bombers tied a season high with their third straight loss and are 1-4 over their last five with a .169 average (27-for-160), .105 (2-for-19) with RISP and 15 runs.

In other words: it’s been a shitty past few games.

On the bright side, Dustin Moseley pitched very well. He gave up five runs on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings but was much better than his line indicates. He kept the team in it for a while but the offense couldn’t muster shit of Romero.

Fun fact: all five of Kerry Wood’s outs recorded with the Yanks have been of the strikeout variety.

Things look pretty bleak for the Yanks right now but just remember this: last August 3rd the team was a half-game up with a .600 winning percentage and +71 run differential, whereas this year on August 3rd they are a game back with a .623 winning percentage and +130 run differential. So it’s not the end of the world.

Post game quotes:

Jeter:

He mixes up his pitches pretty well, he knows how to pitch. He mixes in his off-speed pitches, his breaking ball, he throws strikes so you can’t sit back and take pitches. We scored those two runs runs early but after that we couldn’t get anything going…Sometimes guys are going to pitch well and he pitched well today, that’s the bottom line. He shut us down. You tip your hat to him because he pitched extremely well.

Swish on A-Rod, who is 0 for his last 17:

It’s not like this is his last year, he has so much more left in his tank. It’s a matter of time until he gets that swing. Until that happens we’re just going to keep going out there and playing our game.

Moseley:

I felt good tonight; I threw a lot of strikes, I attacked and I did what I went in to do. They’re a really aggressive team. From my perspective I thought I threw a lot of good pitches.

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Tags: Derek Jeter Dustin Moseley Kerry Wood Nick Swisher Ricky Romero