Saturday, April 25, 2009

Yanks Blow Big Lead; Boston set for Possible Sweep (Postgame Notes 25 April 2009)

The hits keep coming.

Literally and figuratively.

AJ Burnett started today's game, way back when, and through the first three innings was magnificent as Robinson Canó almost single-handedly staked the Yankees out to a 6-0 lead.

Alas, someone in the Bronx must have burned a stack of 20 bibles or something because there's nothing else that could describe what happened afterwards except pure, unadulterated bad karma.

A 6-0 game was then 6-6, 6-8, 8-8, 8-9, 10-9, 10-12, 11-12, and finally 11-16.

Burnett fell apart in the fourth and was done by the fifth; and the Yankee bullpen, beat up after two consecutive extra innings games and without Brian Bruney, could not support the offense, which did it's best. Most of the time. Except when they had second and third in the eighth with one out and couldn't bring home the tying run.

There really isn't much else to be said. After last night's heartbreaker the Yankees really needed a win today, and for the most part, the offense, at least, certainly tried. It just wasn't enough.

I don't know if it's that the Yankees are momentarily cursed or that the Red Sox just can't lose a game (they've won nine straight now), but the result is the same: another in the loss column.

Not much you can do about that except to etch-a-sketch it away, and try again tomorrow.