Angels 1, Yankees 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0

I’m not going to say anything about the bad pitching performance by Mariano Rivera that resulted in the Yankees being out-scored 1-0 when the final out was made in this game. I think the “Great Mariano” has just a little more than “a few” passes in his pocket after 13 years of excellence. He will still be cashing in his chips of “greatness” when he is taking his great-great grandchildren to see his Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown, NY, long after the great “American Idle” Carl Pavano, retires from retiring.

So, as they say, “let’s not go there”, today, regarding how Mariano pitched in last night’s game. 

Where were the Yankee bats last night???

The tone was set early, as the Yankees led off the bottom of the first by getting two runners on base, a walk to Johnny Damon and a single by Derek Jeter. But, both were stranded, as Abreu and A-Rod struck-out; and, Jason Giambi popped-out to short. That was it for the “Bronx Bombers” on this night. 

The Yankees really did not come close to scoring again, as Angels starter, Ervin Santana (12-5) shut down the Yankees over eight solid innings of work; and, Angels closer, Francisco Rodriguez, saved his 45th game, by pitching an easy, [1-2-3],  scoreless 9th inning.

Not only did the Yankees lose 1-0; they also wasted an “awesome” pitching effort by Sidney Ponson.

Ponson didn’t give up a hit until the top of the 5th, when leadoff batter, Garret Anderson, singled. 

The Angels did draw two walks after the single, to load the bases. But, Ponson got out of his only jam in the game by getting Chone Figgins to pop out to short, and Izturis on a fly out to left, for the final out of the inning.

Sidney Ponson gave up one more hit, a single to Mark Teixeira, in the 6th, but other than that, he pitched his best game since joining the Yankees. Seven Innings pitched, no runs, two hits, four walks, is certaintly good enough to win the game. At, least he got a “no” decision, and not the loss, after his great pitching performance was wasted. 

The Yankees made a few great defensive plays in  this game, and the outfielders were all over the field, catching 12 fly balls [7 by Bobby Abreu]. But, the Yankee bats were just not hitting.

That’s about all that can be said, other than, Damaso Marte pitched a great scoreless 8th inning, striking-out two; and, that this was really a tough loss that the Yankees will look back on at some point in this season, and wished they had scored some runs to win the game. Hopefully, its not a loss that will cost them a playoff berth.   



  1. kozmo

    Right there with you, Jimmy. Last night was one of the most frustrating games I’ve seen in some time. I could just see it coming with Mariano. I hate to say it because I love the guy, but it didn’t surprise me that he struggled in the ninth. He’s impeccable in save situations but has struggled in non-save games. I have no idea why. Nor does he. Too bad because, as you said, Ponson was great, the defense was excellent, and Marte looked excellent in the eighth.

    I hope your boy Mussina grabs win #14 today. The Yankees really need it. Thanks for the birthday wishes, Jimmy.

  2. jimmy27nyy

    Yeah, Jason …

    The Yankees need a “very big pitching performance” from Mike Mussina today … As I’m writing this comment, Mussina just struck-out Guerrero for the third out of the 1st inning … With two strikeouts in the first, Mussina is off to a great start in this game … So, let’s see win #14 by Mussina … A win for your birthday, Jason !!! … And, also, I think its very important that the Yanks win these next two games vs. the Angels – to make a statement that they will be in this pennant race until the end – and, then go “one-on-one” with the Angels in the AL Championship Series … Take care, Jason … and, once again, Happy Birthday !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

  3. jimmy27nyy

    Update …

    Mike Mussina is dealing in today’s game !!! … Into the top of the 6th, Mike Mussina has retired 11 straight batters, and just completed three straight 1-2-3 innings … Yankees 5, Angels 2

  4. jimmy27nyy

    Three Yankee homeruns today …

    Two-Run Homer by Wilson Betemit in the 2nd … Solo Homer by Bobby Abreu in the 3rd … Jose Molina hit his first Homer of the year in the bottom of the 5th … For 5-2 Yankees lead !!!

  5. jimmy27nyy

    Mussina is pitching the “big game” the Yankees needed from him … Going into the bottom of the 6th, the Yanks lead 5-2 … Mussina has now retired 14 straight batters [four straight 1-2-3 innings] … As I finished writing this comment, A-Rod just hit a long Homerun over the left-centerfield wall … Let’s see, 5-2 score, no pressure, Alex Rodriguez hits a homerun, to make the score, 6-2 … In recent games this past week, A-Rod has struck-out in many “pressure” situations [with the game on the line] … Like I said in one of my comments, on a post on my blog, “excuse me for not being excited by A-Rod’s homerun today” !!! … Jimmy [27NYY] …

  6. jimmy27nyy

    Big Win For The Yankees on “Old Timers Day” … Yanks 8, Angels 2

    Mike Mussina was AWESOME !!! … He is now (14-7) … Also, four Yankee homers in this game; and, great day for Jose Molina: (3-for-3); including, his first homerun of the year, and three runs scored !!! … This win was for you, Jason … A “Happy Birthday” win from Mike Mussina … Jimmy [27NYY]

  7. thekfny28

    C’mon down, Jimmy! I’m hosting today’s Angels game. If you can come, give us your thoughts about the live game, that’d be awesome. Jason and NMYF will be joining me.

  8. kozmo

    Many thanks for the birthday wishes, buddy. Your boy Mussina has been something else, and the two-year deal the Yanks signed him to, while initially one I considered a bust after last year, has turned out to be a great deal. There’s no way the Yankees would be able to get a guy off the open market for $11 million a year to go 14-7 with an ERA below 3.50, who practically never walks batters, who’s allowed only 7 homers in the last 106 IP. He’s been incredible, easily one of the two or three most valuable players for the Yankees this year. Yesterday’s win was no less important, showing great ability to come back against tough pitchers and taking advantage of rare miscues from the Angels. The Yanks need a winning road trip, and need to take at least 3 of 4 from Texas. No splits in Arlington, especially against that wretched staff.

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