1. When is the last time the Yankees played a playoff series in which you had to worry if the offense could pull its weight while the pitching did everything it could to keep the team in the game? I mean that as an honest question, because I really can’t think of the last time I saw something like this. No matter what happens tonight, the entire pitching staff, starters and relievers, deserves hosannas in th highest regard for the work they’ve done through the first four games. Each starter has turned in a quality start, everyone but Hughes went 7+ innings (and Hughes was lifted for a match up after just 95 pitches, so he probably had more gas left in the tank), and the bullpen hadn’t allowed a run until David Phelps gave up a couple of doubles in the 13th inning last night. They’ve basically set the difficulty level to easy, and the offense still couldn’t scratch enough runs to win either Game Two or Game Four.…
- Once again, the Yankees got some stellar pitching from their entire staff. Phil Hughes didn’t last quite as long as the top three guys did earlier in the series, but he did give the team 6.2 innings of one run ball, working out of a couple of jams and only being victimized by a solo home run by McLouth. He allowed four hits in total, walked three Orioles, but also struck out eight batters. Good stuff that should have been good enough for the win.
- The bullpen was also great again, with Boone Logan retiringthe one batter he faced before handing things off to David Robertson and Rafael Soriano. Ultimately, those three guys plus Joba Chamberlain, Clay Rapada, David Phelps, and Derek Lowe would all pitch. Phelps gave up the two doubles in the 13th to get saddled with the loss, but no one pitched poorly by any means.
- Once again, the offense was just absolutely horrid.
[You can discuss the game in the comments if you’d like]
|Baltimore Orioles||New York Yankees|
|Nate McLouth, LF||Derek Jeter, DH|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||Ichiro Suzuki, LF|
|Chris Davis, RF||Mark Teixeira, 1B|
|Adam Jones, CF||Robinson Cano, 2B|
|Matt Wieters, C||Alex Rodriguez, 3B|
|Jim Thome, DH||Nick Swisher, RF|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||Russell Martin, C|
|Ryan Flaherty, 2B||Curtis Granderson, CF|
|Manny Machado, 3B||Jayson Nix, SS|
|Joe Saunders, SP||Phil Hughes, SP|
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:37...