First, the Nationals…then the Yankees…ugh…TODAY SUCKED!!!
Backing up to Thursday, the Nationals finally won their first game of the season that night, beating the Phillies 8-2 behind strong performances from starter Shairon Martis and the bullpen, as well as an offensive explosion that included 4 home runs. John Lannan followed Martis’ quality start with one of his own on Friday night, striking out 8 and holding the Marlins to just one run. The Nationals were leading 2-1 in the 9th inning, needing just two more outs to win their second game of the season. But Joel Hanrahan surrendered a game-tying home run, and then Saul Rivera gave up the game winning home run in the 10th. The Nats offense couldn’t respond, and the Marlins won.
Shellshocked and looking for revenge in today’s game, the Nationals scored 5 runs in the first inning and another run in the second, and they took a 6-3 lead into the 9th inning. After having lost 18 of the last 21 games to the Marlins, going back to last season, it looked like the Nationals were finally going to beat Florida, and get their second win of the season and second win in 3 games. And then Joel Hanrahan blew his second save in a row, allowing the Marlins to tie the score. Wil Ledezma surrendered a 3 run home run in the 11th inning, and the Nationals didn’t score after that. Two straight losses because of bullpen implosions…particularly disappointing, because the starting pitchers had performed so well in both losses.
As if a second consecutive extra innings loss after a blown save wasn’t bad enough, center fielder Roger Bernadina suffered a broken ankle while making a sweet catch at the wall in the 8th inning. That catch should have been a game-saving catch, and would have been if Hanrahan hadn’t blown the [expletive deleted] save! Bernadina will miss at least two months, possibly more.
Two losses in a row from blown saves…an outfielder with a broken ankle…a 1-9 record.
The Yankees avenged their home opener loss to Cleveland by beating the Tribe, 6-5, on Friday. Five Yankees hit home runs in that game, including Derek Jeter, who hit the game winner in the 8th inning. They had their first win in their new
palace stadium, and all looked well.
And then there was today’s game…a mind-bogglingly humiliating loss that made Thursday’s home opener loss look like a walk in the park by comparison. Chien-Ming Wang actually got through the first inning without giving up a run, which is something he had not done in his first two horrendous starts. And then…everything fell apart — to put it mildly — in the 2nd inning. The Indians scored 8 runs off of Wang, and another 8 runs off of rookie Anthony Claggett (welcome to the Majors, kid). That’s 14 runs…in one inning. Fourteen.
During the Fox broadcast of the game, they showed a video clip of some St. Louis players, one of whom was wired with a microphone, in their dugout as they noticed the Yankees/Indians score on the scoreboard. First they wondered if it was correct, and then they wondered if it was a record. One of them mentioned that they should Google it to find out if 14 runs in an inning was a record.
The Yankees managed to tack on 2 more runs in the 6th inning…and the Indians added 8 more runs, making the final score 22-4. The Indians hit 6 home runs in this game. The crowd chanted “We want Swisher” several times in this game…not that I can blame them. Hell, the Yankees could put me on the mound, and I wouldn’t do much worse than Wang or Claggett.
22-4. Oy veh.
Yankees scoreboard — http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/images/2009/04/18/Oobz7sai.jpg
Dunn and Zimmerman — Associated Press