There is no other way to say it: This game was terrible. The Yankee offense couldn’t get anything going and whenever they did get people on base, the good ol’ RISP fail reared its ugly head.
Of course, the worst news of the night wasn’t the loss. No, there was something much worse.
In the top of the eighth inning Felix Hernandez was having some control issues. He had plunked Derek Jeter to lead off the inning, threw a wild pitch while Curtis Granderson was up and then followed that up by hitting Alex Rodriguez on his left hand. Rodriguez was taken out of the game, got x-rayed and a non-displaced fracture of his left hand – more specifically, his left pinky is fractured. [insert a long stream of expletives here] So now, he is heading for the disabled list and just as he was starting to hit the ball. [insert another long stream of expletives here]
At the time of this recap there was no definite word on how long Rodriguez will actually be out but early estimates have his time away ranging anywhere from 4-8 weeks.
Well, isn’t that just swell?
So now, all of the people who constantly complained about how bad Alex was and who wanted him designated for assignment are going to find out how much the Yankees actually need him in the lineup. And of all the bad luck. He was finally able to stay healthy this season and a freak accident like this has to happen.
Someone needs to grab Robinson Cano and wrap him in bubble wrap, pronto.
Anyway, back to the game itself. Poor Freddy Garcia gave up three runs early, lasted until there was one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, threw only 89 pitches and has nothing to show for it. And he actually retired the last 15 batters he faced. It wasn’t a bad start at all for him considering the early troubles he had. It was just a tough luck loss for Garcia who is now 4-4 on the year.
Granderson hit his 27th home run of the season in the first inning, putting the Yankees on the board first. They wouldn’t score again until the eighth inning.
And speaking of the eighth inning, the bottom of the frame was definitely not one of Joe Girardi’s finest managing moments. He made four pitching changes which resulted in Seattle scoring an insurance run to put them up 4-2.
His gaffes, in order:
- He took Garcia out too soon.
- He took Clay Rapada out too soon.
- He brought Chad Qualls in who intentionally walked Jesus Montero (Say what now?)
- He brought in Boone Logan whose arm is going to fall off soon.
- And finally brought in Cody Eppley who finally ended the inning.
Now what would have happened if the Yankees had actually tied the game in the top of the ninth, held Seattle scoreless in the bottom of the inning and had forced extra innings?
Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you want to look at it) we didn’t find out.
Hernandez won his ninth game of the season for Seattle and Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his 11th save.