It felt like the longest 9 innings ever. Two blown leads and 3 hours and 44 minutes later, the Yankees emerged from their first game in Chicago with only a 4.0 game lead in the AL East. With an injury plagued team, we all knew August would be a tough month, but the situation is getting more dangerous with the surging Rays looking unbeatable.
Freddy Garcia was shaky in the beginning of this game, and worked through some rough jams in the first and second inning. Through the third, fourth, and the beginning of the fifth inning, Garcia looked as good as he had all season. He was throwing 90 mph and had all the hitters confused on the swing/splitter pitch. At one point he had struck out 6 of 8 hitters.
It all started to fall apart in the middle of the fifth, when a delay in the game, thanks to a blown fair/foul call that was reversed caused a stir from both benches.… Click here to read the rest