Indians Massacre Yankees 22-4
The photo above tells it all as the Yankees watch from the dugout as they lose to the Indians 22-4 on Saturday afternoon. Chien-Ming Wang 0-3, 34.50 was bombarded for the third time in three starts giving up eight runs, eight hits and a home run in one inning. He threw 52 pitches during the game.
Wang has given up 16 runs and 14 hits in his last two starts which encompassed 2 1/3 innings. Wang is known for inducing groundouts but in his last two starts the opponents have grounded out once over the two games combined. He has made an unbelievable 186 pitches in six innings pitched this season.
Eight Cleveland players had at least two hits and Kelly Shoppach was the only Indian batter to not garner a hit in the contest. Mark DeRosa who hit a grand slam in the fifth inning was 4 for 7 and drove in six runs. Asdrubal Cabrera drove in five runs and giving DeRosa and Cabrera an 8 for 13 day at the plate and the duo drove in 11 runs.
The Yankees failed to call in their second best relief pitcher Nick Swisher who along with Mariano Rivera are the only Yankee pitchers to not allow a run this season.
The game showcased the failure of the Yankees bullpen. Like Bob Costas said the other day when the Yankees were being pounded the bullpen was not putting out any fires but were arsonists.
C.C. Sabathia and Wang have absorbed four of the six Yankees losses this season with A.J. Burnett, Joba Chamberlain and Andy Pettitte not losing this season.
Today Burnett will take the mound for the Yankees and try to even the series. His mound opponent will be Carl Pavano so the bettors in Las Vegas probably have their money on the Yankees to win today. Righthanded batters are hitting .667 against Pavano this season while lefthanders are hitting .222 against his offerings.
It won’t be surprising if Burnett throws some close ones to Indian hitters to let them know there won’t be a rerun of yesterday’s debacle. Joe Girardi was probably wishing the Steinbrenners weren’t watching the game yesterday but I am sure they took notes. They can’t be happy knowing the Yankees have won only once in their new Yankee Stadium and the Yankees have been outscored there by the Indians 37-12.
With the return of Alex Rodriguez looming on the horizon the Yankees are hoping for better days ahead but even if Rodriguez was playing and had hit four grand slams the Yankees still would have lost by two runs.
Greinke Extends Scoreless Inning Streak To 34
Zack Greinke 3-0, 0.00 after winning 13 games in 2008 has shown he plans to build on that success in 2009 as he defeated a hard hitting Rangers team by a 2-0 score and has pitched 34 scoreless innings this season. He and his mound opponent Kevin Millwood both pitched complete games with Millwoood’s ERA at 1.17 after the game. The first four starters for the Royals have not allowed a home run in 2009 in 64 innings.
Greinke has come a long way since having a combined record of 13–28 over the 2004 and 2005 seasons when he first broke into the major leagues. Since then he has been 24-17 after last night’s win. There was a time when it looked like Greinke was going to walk away from baseball.
Greinke has put all of that behind him now but it does show how he has persevered despite a very shaky start with the Royals. His scoreless inning streak will be something to watch in his next start this week.
Aramis Ramirez hit a walkoff homer in the eleventh inning to defeat the Cardinals 7-5. Ramirez is in his sixth season with the Cubs and his worst RBI season was when he had 92 RBI’s in 2005 but he missed 39 games that season or he would have 100 that season also. Carlos Marmol blew the save and Angel Guzman picked up the win….The Blue Jays won in twelve innings against the A’s with a 4-2 win. The second through eighth hitters for the A’s were a combined 2 for 33 in the game. Jack Cust hitting .316 was the only A’s player in the game who finished the game with a higher batting average than .256….Mark Buehrle 2-0, 3.00 showed again how much he means to the White Sox as he defeated the Rays 8-3 while Scott Kazmir battled control problems by walking six in four innings. Carlos Quentin hit his sixth homer of the season to tie Carlos Pena for the major league lead.
Nick Markakis drove in his major league leading 16th RBI in a losing cause as the Red Sox topped the Orioles by a 6-4 score….Edwin Jackson 1-0, 2.14 pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in the Tigers defeat of the Mariners 2-0….The Pirates clubbed the Braves 10-0 behind the pitching of Ian Snell 1-2, 4.24 and the hitting of Craig Monroe who drove in six runs with two three run homers. The Braves had scored 38 runs in their first six games but only five in their last five games and were shutout in back to back games by the Pirates on Friday and Saturday.
Chad Billingsley 3-0, 2.94 took the win in the Dodgers seventh straight win and Manny Ramirez hit his first two homers of the 2009 season in the twelfth game of the season. Ramirez has an amazing on base percentage of .491….Wandy Rodriguez 1-1, 1.89 took the win in a 7-0 defeat of the Reds by the Astros. Rodriguez only allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings….Brad Lidge blew his first save since 2007 when the Padres scored four times in the top of the ninth to defeat the Phillies. Tim Lincecum pitched eight innings of scoreless baseball while striking out 13 but wasn’t around for the decision when the Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 2-0.