Through six innings this game looked like a sure win for the Yankees. The Bombers were up three nothing with Andy Pettitte looking strong on the mound. It all came undone in the seventh inning.
Pettitte’s pitch count was low through six, making it a no-brainer to bring him out for the seventh. Unfortunately Andy faced two hitters and recorded zero outs that inning. After allowing two runner to reach base, Joe Girardi decided to relieve Pettitte with Shawn Kelley. Kelly promptly gave up a homer to J.J. Hardy. That made it 4-3 O’s, and it was the ball game.
Things, however, actually got worse. Boone Logan relieved Kelley and also recorded zero outs. For those keeping score at home, Pettitte, Kelley and Logan all faced two hitters in the inning without recording a single out. Joba Chamberlain relieved the ineffective Logan and promptly gave up a three run homer to Adam Jones. That made it 7-3 O’s, and pretty much shut the door on this one.
This loss will sting for the Yankees. The Bombers remain competitive for the final Wild Card spot, but they’re a long shot to make the playoffs. The team has to put opponents away with a lead in the later innings at home. Instead of walking away with a sweep against a division rival the Yankees lost a game they should have won.
Monday the White Sox come to town for a three game set. After that, the Yankees will play four against the Red Sox. Things won’t be getting any easier.