The Yankees won one of the four to avoid the sweep and total humiliation – yay. They dropped another player to injury (that would be Chris Stewart this time), but they’re clinging to life. I was disappointed that Ichiro didn’t get a Gatorade shower from Brett Gardner, but apparently Ichiro was holding his glove when he came home on the wild pitch, so Gardner stopped short of dousing him, knowing how protective his teammate is of his equipment. Or something like that. Still, seeing Ichiro with orange gunk on his head would have been hilarious.
Were there any positives to take away from this dreadful series? Only that the starting pitchers, not counting David Huff, were pretty good. It was the bullpen that imploded and even Mo wasn’t immune – twice. It’s always painful when he blows a save, but at least today’s resulted in a win.
Cano, too, had a good series and Soriano continues to have key hits. The offense, for the most part, isn’t the problem, except that it would have been nice to have had a healthy Jeter. It’s just different without him in the lineup. And for the first time in a while, I actually thought about Mark Teixeira and how useful it is to have a switch hitter. Oh well. I’m glad to be done with the Red Sox and their God awful beards….for now.
The road to the finish line doesn’t get any easier, especially not with such a depleted team. But these guys are fighters. They’ve proven that, even in defeat.