Just as an example of the above, the quartet of Cano/Granderson/Swisher/Martin were 0-for-20 in tonight’s loss to the Orioles. Even Nix had a couple of hits, along with Jeter’s two and one apiece from Ichiro and A-Rod. But let’s face it: the bats didn’t show up. I mean Joe Saunders? Not Cy Young.
Still, did anyone really think this series wouldn’t go to 5 games? Not the way these two teams have played each other all year and not the way the Yankees have been hitting.
The one bright spot during tonight’s 13-innings was our pitching. Hughes was great, very impressive. So were the relievers, all of them, including Phelps, who came in quickly, did his job and lost it at the end there.
And Joba. Poor, poor Joba. Does the guy have bad luck or what? I felt so sorry for him when he got hammered by the broken bat. I’m glad the x-rays were negative, but that was some welt on his elbow. Of course, a little levity was in order after the incident and someone on Twitter wrote: “Clemens would have thrown the bat at Wieters.”
Now there’s a game 5 in a matter of hours. Why a start time of 5pm Eastern/2pm Pacific I’ll never understand. Can’t MLB give the players a few more hours to regroup? And how about the fans who are still working (like me) or commuting home at that hour? I get that the winning team will have to play on Saturday, but what difference could a few hours make?
So. Now we’re down to the proverbial wire with our ace on the mound; that part’s comforting. What’s not comforting is the offense. Pinch-hitting for A-Rod is no longer the easy answer. Clearly, everybody needs to step up or it’s goodbye till next year. I was hoping the boys would win tonight in memory of Girardi’s dad. Maybe they’ll answer the call in Game 5.