Game 99: Yankees 1, Indians 4

While Tomlin continued to dominate the Pinstripes offense, the Indians continued to build a lead.  In the bottom of the sixth, Kearns lead off with a triple to center.  Peralta worked a walk and LaPorta doubled, scoring Kearns and giving the Tribe a 3-0 lead.  Sabathia intentionally walked Jason Donald, loading the bases, before giving up a walk to Chris Gimenez, scoring Peralta and putting Cleveland up 4-0.

Cano tried to get things started in the top of the eighth, lining a double to right field.  Cano moved to third on a wild pitch by Rafael Perez.  Colin Curtis then grounded out, scoring Cano and finally getting the Yankees on the board.  The Yankees threatened again in the ninth, starting with Gardner’s single to left.  Jeter followed with a single to right and Gardner moved to third.  Nick Swisher struck out and Mark Teixeira popped out to short, leaving the Yankees with two on and two out as Alex Rodriguez came up to bat.  Instead of delivering his 600th homer and giving the Yankees some new life, Rodriguez sent the second pitch back to short for a ground out, ending the game with the Yankees losing 4-1.

Bronx Cheers:
RISP: The Yankees offense had very little life, but they did have some opportunities.  The Yankees went 0-7 with runners in scoring position.

Alex Rodriguez & Mark Teixeira: Both went 0-4.  Teixeira left four on base, while Rodriguez left three.

Curtain Calls:
Derek Jeter: The Captain went 2-4 and was the only Yankee to have multiple hits.

Robinson Cano: Robbie went 1-3 and scored the only run for the Yankees.  He was charged with a “catching error” on the double play ball in the fourth.  He came off the bag before catching the ball and relaying it to first.  It was another example of the irritating grey area that comes with the “neighborhood rule.”  Personally, I don’t like the neighborhood rule so my problem was not so much with that call as it was with the call at first, where it looked like the throw beat Peralta.

In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankee offense will try to get back on track when they take on Fausto Carmona in Cleveland tonight.  Carmona is coming off a rain-shortened outing where he gave up just one hit to the Rays over seven innings, while striking out seven hitters.  Carmona is having a good year with a 10-7 record and 3.51 ERA.  He will have to try to figure out Curtis Granderson, however, who has 32 career at bats against the Indians’ righty, and owns a .438 average against him.  A.J. Burnett is also coming off a rain-shortened outing, when he threw five scoreless innings against the Royals.  He dominated Cleveland the last time he faced them, giving up just one run over eight innings.  First pitch is at 7:05pm.