GAME 75: It was gonna happen sooner or later, and tonight was the night. The young standout right-hander Chase Whitley had nada, and the Joey Bats/Brett Lawrie-less Toronto lineup showed no mercy. Combine that with a Cy Young outing from Blue Jay rookie and New York native Marcus Stroman, and the Yankees skid is now at three games after an 8-3 loss than wasn’t as close as it sounds — if that even makes sense.
Whitley was lit up for 8 earned runs on 11 hits in 3.1 innings, his shortest start to date. His ERA ballooned to 4.07.
Summer Begins, Bats Already On Hiatus
A week ago, Jay’s starter Stroman couldn’t get out of the third inning against the Bombers at The Stadium. Tonight he dominated. Three hits and one earned run (Mark Teixeira‘s solo blast) over 8 innings. In addition to Tex’s 14th of the season, the only bright spot included Yangervis Solarte ending his 0-28 funk with an RBI single in the 9th. Kelly Johnson also added an RBI double in the final frame. The Yankees have scored 4 runs in the last 27 innings, and two of those coming on Teixeira solo home runs.
BA Updates: McCann – .219, Beltan – .220, Johnson – .223, Soriano – .231, Roberts – .239. ‘Nuff said.
GAMEDAY NOTES: A few days ago, the Yank’s were a season-high 6 games over .500, and looking at moving to the next plateau of 10 over. Then bang! Back to 3 games over and fading. In third place, 2.5 games out, and blowing golden opportunities to beat the teams ahead of them.
Here’s the box score and recap.
MEMORY LANE: On June 23, 1988, George Steinbrenner fires Billy Martin for the fifth time, replacing him with Lou Piniella. In 1985, Piniella was fired and replaced by Martin. In 1985, Martin was fired and replaced by Piniella. New York’s 40-28 record is the fourth best in the big leagues, but the Yankees had just completed a 2-7 road trip. (Source: Today In Baseball History) …