Bullpen Blues

Monday, April 5, 2010

First game, first loss, first chance to second guess what went wrong. It's also our first post game recap of the 2010 season.

NYY 7 12 1
BOS 9 12 0

WP: Okajima (1-0)
LP: Park (0-1)
S: Papelbum (1)

Player of the Game: Kevin Youkillis. The third baseman went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. He brought the Red Sox back into the game when things looked bleak with a two-run triple (on a poor route to the ball by Nick Swisher). He also scored the runs to tie the game at 5 and take the lead 8-7.

Play of the Game: Dustin Pedroia's two-run home run in the seventh inning. It was just simply a clutch hit by Pedroia.

Turning Point: Top of the sixth inning. After this inning the momentum swung completely in the Red Sox favor. Sabathia was starting to get rattled and the Red Sox chipped their way back into the game. David Robertson couldn't hold the lead at the end of the inning as Adrian Beltre knocked in Youkillis to tie the game at 5.

This one was on the bullpen. After the game was tied at 5-5 and both starters out of the game, it came down to whose bullpen was going to be most effective. Robertson couldn't hold the lead when he came in, Chan Ho Park was a complete disaster, Damaso Marte threw a wild pitch and crossed up with Posada which led to the go-ahead run, and Joba Chamberlain allowed an insurance run.

Brett Gardner also made some horrendous throws in left field. It actually made me wish Johnny Damon was throwing the ball in. Overall, it's only the first game, but these are some things that the Yankees will have to keep an eye on.

On a positive note, the offense is there. Jorge Posada is defying his age as he went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and a home run. Curtis Granderson homered in his first at bat in his Yankee debut, so he immediately became a fan favorite.

As Jim wrote on facebook or twitter: the Yankees started off just like last year, now let's see if they finish just like last year.

The Yankees are off tomorrow but square off against Boston Tuesday at 7 p.m. as A.J. Burnett takes the mound against John Lester.

EDIT: Posada said that the passed ball 'was not a cross up.' I guess Marte is just that wild.


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