Was anyone else impressed with Ohlendorf's 3.1 innings of 5 strikeout no run relief? Ramirez and Hawkins also contributed shutout innings of their own. All in all, a very good effort by the bullpen. Cano hit a 2-run homerun, but came up in some big spots and was unable to deliver. Duncan went 1-2 with a double and 3 walks. Jeter did what he does best by working a bases loaded hit-by-pitch. There are less painful ways to knock in a run, but none are quite as effective as the bases loaded HBP.
The offense just couldn't deliver, squandering bases loaded situations and failing to knock in runners in scoring position. Basically, nothings changed. The Yankee offense managed just 2 runs in 6 innings off a struggling Kenny Rogers. The Tigers also took advantage of what essentially was the worst defensive lineup the Yankees could manage. With Damon in center, the Tigers sent an extra runner to score that I guarantee would have been held up if Melky was there. Also, Matsui missed a linedrive by just a couple steps in leftfield, that I can also guarantee would have been caught if Damon were there. That's 2 runs a better defense would not have allowed. This is not to say that they are bad defenders, just to say that our best defense relies on Melky in center and Damon in left.
Phil Hughes lasted 3.2 innings and gave up 6 earned runs off 8 hits and 3 walks. I plan to write a commentary on this later, but basically, it wasn't pretty.
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's homerun club, which raises money for the Children's Health Fund. We are pledged to donate $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. We will keep a running tally of the homeruns hit and the money donated throughout the season. The C&C homerun race was in full swing last night as Cano hit his 2nd homerun of the season helping him gain some ground on Cabrera:
Melky Cabrera 5hr = $5.00
Alex Rodriguez 4hr = $4.00
Hideki Matsui 3 hr = $3.00
Bobby Abreu 3hr = $3.00
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Jason Giambi 5hr = $5.00
Johnny Damon 3hr = $3.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 2hr = $2.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Total = $28.00
If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page.