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.