I don't know why my karma is so bad, but I am now 0-5 at Yankees games I have been to this year. One had the sense after the Mets took a 3-1 lead that there was absolutely no way the game was going to end at that score.
It just didn't end in a score to the Yankees favor. It wasn't that the Yankees didn't hit...they did...but each pitcher they had was progressively worse than the one before. Dan Giese threw too many balls, Edwar was not sharp, and Ross Ohlendorf was bad enough to get himself optioned back to Scranton.
However, there were a few bright spots (and the part where I was on the DiamondVision doesn't count)...like, as shown in the picture above, when a fan came out of the right field bleachers and ran onto the field.
I'm not quite sure it was worth the getting arrested part, but it was the highlight of the first game (at least from the Yankees' point of view).
What a difference a...bus ride (?)...makes!
Everything the Yankees didn't do in the first game, they did in this one.
Poor pitching with men on base in the first game?
The Yankees escaped bases loaded, less than two out jams twice in the night cap without surrendering a run.
Poor hitting in the first game?
Every Yankee starter--yes, even Sidney Ponson--contributed offensively in the second game.
Speaking of Sidney Ponson...
...The first few innings were certainly a roller coaster, but in an old Sports Illustrated article I have hanging on my wall, New Jersey Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur is quoted as saying that a roller coaster ride is okay, as long as you end on a high, and Ponson certainly ended on a high.
Six innings, five hits, no runs and four strikeouts certainly qualifies.
While he certainly can't expected to escape bases loaded situations without surrendering a run every time, Ponson has earned himself another start.
Do Not Go Gently...
The Yankees have Andy Pettitte on the mound tomorrow, against Johan Santana, without question the marquee match up of the series. He's working on a streak, of sorts.
Also of note--Hideki Matsui has been placed on the 15 day disabled list, though that is not exactly a surprise.