The less said about this game the better. Chase Whitley didn't look good and didn't last long, leaving in the 2nd inning with what now sounds like a serious elbow injury. Esmil Rogers replaced him and promptly gave up a 3-run homer to make it 4-0 Tampa and all but turn out the lights. The lineup did next to nothing against a guy named Erasmo Ramirez. When I say I've never heard of this dude, I'm not kidding. He pitched 5 shutout innings and then handed it over to another dude I've never heard of for another 4. They combined for 5 hits allowed and 8 strikeouts, the lone bad mark a super garbage time solo shot by A-Rod in the top of the 9th. You can't put enough lipstick on that pig.
It was a bad game and a really bad end to the series. No doubt about that. The offense went away, the decision making could have been better, and the relief pitching could have too. That said, the Yankees are still 6 games over .500 and still in first place in the AL East heading to the weekend. If you would have asked me if I would have taken that on May 15th before the season started, I wouldn't have had to think at all before answering in the affirmative.
- Top 3 spots in the lineup tonight (Ells, Gardy, A-Rod): 5-11, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K. Rest of the lineup: 0-19, 2 BB, 5 K.
- A-Rod had a multi-hit game, his 2nd in the last 4 games. Just when you think he's cooling down for good, he comes back with a game like this. I'll take it.
- Sucks for Whitley. Really sucks. He worked hard to get his shot as a Major League starter last year. He showed enough then to get another look this year, and he looked like a pitcher who had learned something and improved his game. I can understand why Whitley would feel the need to hide his injury and not give up another chance like he got, but I wish he would have said something. Maybe this could have been avoided.