Yanks lose marathon in Texas


You really can’t blame this one one Javy, Joba, Gaudin or any of the other pitchers. When you go 3-for-17 with RISP and leave 18 men on base, chances are you aren’t going to win the ballgame.

Fun Facts:

  • Javy has now recorded at least one strikeout in each of his last 349 games, matching Doc Gooden for the third longest streak since 1920. He still hasn’t won a game as a starter since July 26 at Cleveland.
  • Javy only threw 88 pitches (59 for strikes) and Girardi took him out after a single that went off A-Rod’s glove. I would’ve left him in for the sixth.
  • In my opinion, the downfall of Javy was Kinsler’s steal that led to a run in the second inning. The umps clearly botched* that call.
  • Frankie Cervelli, who recorded his third RBI of the second half and fourth since July 1, was intentionally walked for the first time since he was a Staten Island Yankee in 2006.
  • A-Rod tied Dave Winfield for 15th on the franchise RBI list with number 818.
  • Tex drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning to notch his 100th RBI of the season. He has now reached at least 30 homers and 100 RBI for the seventh straight season.
  • Robbie Cano is hitting .270/.348/.418 since the start of August.
  • Brett Gardner is hitting .239/.365/.327 since the start of August.
  • Jeet, Swish Dog and Tex combined to go 1-for-15 with an RBI, three walks and two runs scored.
  • Some of Girardi’s moves were baffling; why would he take out Thames (who was 3-for-6) with two outs in the 11th for a pinch-runner? Why didn’t Hughes go more than an inning? I guess that’s due to the innings limit, but he only threw 11 pitches.
  • CJ Wilson struck out five of the first nine batters he faced and gave up just one hit. He didn’t make it past the third inning.
  • The Yanks had the best bullpen in the AL coming into the game at 3.24. The ‘pen combined to throw seven innings of two-run, two-hit relief in the marathon.
  • The 19 pitchers used by both teams set an American League record. The ML record is 20. Texas established a franchise record by using 11 hurlers.
  • In case you were wondering, the longest Yankee game ever came on 6/24/62 at Detroit. A 22-inning 9-7 victory.

Oh well, the Yanks are still in first place (lead by 1 1/2 games) and will get back at it Saturday night. They’ll send AJ to the mound against Tommy Hunter in the middle tilt of this three-game set.