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Yankees postgame

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Aug 09, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees were lamenting all their missed chances in this 2-1 loss to the Red Sox — bases loaded and nobody out in the seventh; first and second, one out in the eighth; and man on second, one out in the ninth. They were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and 2 for 17 with runners on base.

“We had some opportunities,” said Austin Kearns, who grounded out against Jonathan Papelbon to end the eighth. “It just didn’t happen today.”

They also were amazed that Marcus Thames didn’t hit a two-run homer in the seventh. The ball hit right near the top of the fence in right-center and ended up as a double. “Just inches away,” he said. …

The Yankees could’ve buried the Red Sox. Instead, despite all their injuries, the Sox gained a split. So they’re still just six out.

“If their pitching stays healthy, that’s all that matters,” Mark Teixeira said. “Pitching is everything in this game. Their starting five is as good as anyone’s in baseball. And they have arguably the best eighth- and ninth-inning guys in baseball as well. That combination is really tough. You put that together with a lineup where a guy like Mike Lowell can hit seventh, that’s a good team. I don’t care how many injuries they’ve had or have right now. That’s a really good team over there.” …

Phil Hughes has given up three runs or less in five of his last six starts. He thought he was making decent pitches during the first and second innings but wasn’t getting any results. But then he did start getting them. He retired 14 of his last 15 batters and allowed two runs — both in the second — and six hits over six.

Besides tying Mel Ott’s all-time record for hits by a player with a New York team at 2,876, Derek Jeter played his 46th consecutive errorless game, tying his career high. …

The Yankees’ bullpen continued to look good, combining for three hitless innings. The relievers have held teams scoreless in 12 of their last 14 games, posting a 1.30 ERA and a .143 batting average against over that span.

OK, that’s it for tonight.




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