It could hardly have gone worse for the Yankees. Two days after losing Sabathia and Pettitte to the DL, one day after blowing a 2-run 9th-inning lead to end a 5-game losing streak, they tried minor-league starter Adam Warren, staked him to a 4-0 lead after one inning, and saw him leave after 2 1/3 trailing 6-4. The hitters got him off the hook, tying the game at 6 in the fourth, but the ONLY effective relievers for the Yankees on the day were Clay Rapada, 1/3 IP, and Dewayne Wise, 2/3 IP, neither of which allowed a baserunner. The sharp among you will note that Wise is an outfielder – the first time a position player has taken the mound for the Yankees at home since 1980. Cory Wade had one of the worst outings of the year (YIKES10!) which is even more impressive in that it lasted 2 1/3 IP. Chicago won 14-7, and it was the Yankees biggest blown lead for a loss this season.
To make matters worse for NY, the Red Sox (5-0 over the Mariners), the Orioles (9-8 over the Indians), the Rays (4-2 over the Tigers) and the Blue Jays (7-5 over the Angels) ALL won and gained a game on the East leaders.
To make it worse for me, personally, the Phillies lost again, this time 6-2 to the Marlins, and the Dodgers were shut out yet again, 9-0 by the Mets and RA Dickey (3-hit complete game, GS 85). The latter is now 12-1!
This game is not ALWAYS fun.