The Yanks got smoked 10-2 in the finale with the Reds, but I’ll take a 4-2 road trip in NL parks. Plus, the three starters in this Cincy series were Nova, Garcia and Gordon, I’m glad they were able to take two of three. When the team is 10-3 in its last 13 games, there’s really no reason to complain.
Brian Gordon didn’t have his best outing. He gave up four runs on five hits with a strikeout in five innings. He did retire 10 in a row at one point, but the Reds got to him in the fifth.
Hector Noesi was left out to dry. Girardi stayed with him in the eighth and his final line was six runs on eight hits with a walk and a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings. Yikes.
Chris Heisey victimized Yankee pitching to the tune of three home runs, five RBI and four runs scored. The last player to homer three times in a game against the Yanks was loser Kevin Millar on 7/23/04.
The offense was not there tonight either, you could tell it was a getaway day. They were swinging at a lot of first pitches and went 0-for-9 with RISP while stranding seven men. The Yanks had a chance in the seventh with the bases loaded and one out but Ramiro Pena grounded out and pinch-hitter Posada followed suit — both outs came on the first pitch.
Swisher’s solo shot in the second and A-Rod’s RBI double in the eighth were among the team’s four hits.
It was the first time in 11 games that the Yanks allowed more than four runs and the second time in 21 games that they allowed 12 or more hits (14).
After scoring just five runs on 10 hits over the first two games, the Reds finally broke through. It wasn’t pretty. Let us never speak of this game again. The thing that really galls me is that the team could have taken over first place with a win, but instead they’re a half-game back of Boston. Rats.
The Yanks have an off day tomorrow but will get back at it Friday as the Rockies come to town for a three-game set.
LET’S GO YANKS!!!