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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Game 104 notes: Yankees lose 7-5

Despite a late rally, the Yankees still came up short Saturday night, as they fell to the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 7-5.

Trailing 7-1 in the ninth inning, the Yankees were able to score four off of Cory Doyne. He retired no batters and gave up a hit to all five batters he faced. Jamie Walker then came in and got the final three outs for his third save of the season.

Orioles starter Brian Burres (5-4) took a shutout into the seventh inning. He gave up a solo home run to Hideki Matsui to lead off the frame and was then taken out. His line: six innings pitched, four hits, one earned run, three walks and seven strikeouts.

Roger Clemens (3-5) had to work hard. In 6 1-3 innings, he gave up eight hits and four runs. He also struck out six batters. The bullpen didn't help matters either. They gave up five hits in 1 2-3 innings, including three runs (two earned runs).

Some notes from the game:

  • Clemens threw 31 pitches in the first inning when he allowed two runs. He threw 113 pitches overall.
  • Miguel Tejada went 2-4 with four RBIs.
  • Andy Phillips went 1-4 and has now hit in 10 straight games.
  • Matsui's home run gives him 11 for the month of July. He has two more July games to try to add to that total.
  • Alex Rodriguez went 0-4, so his 500th home run will have to wait another day.
  • The top four hitters of the Yankees' lineup (Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu and Rodriguez) went a combined 1-17 with one RBI and seven strikeouts.
  • Damon grounded into two double plays.
  • Tonight was Clemens' 700th career start. I wonder if every ball used tonight had a special marking.
This loss puts the Yankees at 55-49 on the season. They have now lost the first two games of this series (the suspended game victory notwithstanding).

Fortunately for the Yankees, Cleveland lost to Minnesota today, so the Yankees don't lose any ground in the Wild Card.

Boston is currently in extra innings against Tampa Bay.

Tomorrow, Chien-Ming Wang will face Daniel Cabrera in hopes of trying to salvage a game from this series.


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