GAME 80: The Boston Red Sox jumped on an ineffective Chase Whitley for 5 earned runs by the fifth inning, and tacked on enough to secure the series win. The Yankees fought back, getting it to 4-3, then 7-5, but stalled out against the Sox’ bullpen. The loss was yet another wasted opportunity, as for the second night in a row Toronto and Baltimore both lost. New York remains in third place 2 games back, while all three clubs are tied in the loss column. The fourth place Red Six are now only 6 games out.
If it ain’t one thing, its another
Either the pitching is lights out and the bats are silent, or the pitching reeks while the offense score enough to reasonably expect to win. Tonight it was the latter, as Whitley didn’t have his best stuff, while the Yankees bats showed signs of life. Home runs by Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran made it begin to feel like an old-time Yankees-Red Sox slugfest, but Boston’s pen silenced New York bats for the remainder of the game.
“He just made some mistakes that looked like they were in the middle of the plate. He was able to escape the first two innings and minimize the damage with some double-play balls, but then he gave up the big three-run homer.”
— Yankees manager Joe Girardi
Here’e the box score and recap.
MEMORY LANE: On June 29th, 1941, Joe DiMaggio singles against Washington knuckleballer Dutch Leonard in the sixth inning in the first game of a doubleheader to tie George Sisler’s A.L. consecutive-game hit record of forty-one (41). In the nightcap he collects a seventh-inning single off of Walt Masterson to set the record at forty-two (42) games (Source: Today in Baseball History) … On this day in 2000, the Yanks made of their best mid-season trades in the recent era, sending Zach Day, Ricky Ledee and Jake Westbrook to the Cleveland Indians for David Justice (Source: BaseballReference.com) …