Interleague play isn’t fun

The Yankees must be getting tired of interleague play this season. They lost to the Marlins, 2-1, dropping their interleague W-L record to 5-6.

Facing his former teammates, A.J. Burnett lasted 6 and 1/2 innings, giving up just 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. Unfortunately, Josh Johnson outpitched Burnett, going 7 innings and giving up 1 run on 3 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Overall, the Yankees offense was anemic, and the defense wasn’t exactly stellar either. Angel Berroa and Johnny Damon had errors, but neither error led to Marlins runs.

Once again, Alex Rodriguez was not in the starting lineup. He did, however, enter the game in the 8th inning as a pinch hitter, drawing a walk. It was his first regular season at bat against the Marlins in his hometown. The crowd cheered through his entire at bat.

Of course, part of the reason for all those cheers may have been because of the large contingent of Yankee fans who once again filled the seats at Land Shark Stadium. (Is that not one of the worst names for a ballpark in the major leagues?!) The Yankees fans usual chants were answered by Marlins fans with the cow bells that were handed out at the gates. Attending this game probably required several Advil…particularly for Yankees fans, considering the final score.

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Current AL East Standings:

                    W       L       Pct      GB
Boston Red Sox      41      27     .603      —
New York Yankees    38      30     .559      3.0
Toronto Blue Jays   37      33     .529      5.0
Tampa Bay Rays      36      34     .514      6.0
Baltimore Orioles   31      37     .456      10.0

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5 comments

  1. rocklandyanks

    Shelley,
    thanks for the comment, i hope im wrong bout the yanks tomorrow too, but ive learned not to expect too much recently 😉

    im a Nats fan too, went to school in DC their inaugural season, so got to see alot of games in RFK (yikes) hehe

    They were in 1st place that year for a good chunk! What happened….

    http://yankeeempire.mlblogs.com/

  2. iliveforthis

    Can’t say I’m not enjoying interleague play, especially since the Rockies are doing so well. I always find it funny when players leave with fatigue. Like, baseball is their job and when they’re tired they’re like, “well, I guess I’ll go take a nap.” No one else in their job can do that. Ha ha, it’s funny… or not fun for the rest of the world who can’t do that.
    Emily
    http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

  3. diamonddiva

    RocklandYanks, it’s nice to know I’m not the only Nationals AND Yankees fan out there! LOL Actually, I saw another one a few weeks ago after a Nats game, in the Metro station — he was wearing a Mariano Rivera jersey and a Nationals cap. I wanted to tell him I was a fan of both teams too, but I lost him in the crowd! And yes, the Nats did have a great season in 2005. I think it was pretty much “beginners luck” (so to speak). They were finally out of an uncertain situation in Montreal, and I think the enthusiasum of Washington baseball fans, who had been without a home team for 33 years, was contagious.
    Julia, LOL @ Land Shark & SNL.
    Emily, I think one’s perspective on interleague play may depend on how their team is doing in it! As for me, I’m just over it…I just don’t think it’s as interesting as it was at first. Mind you, the reaction of the Yankees in the dugout to Andy Pettitte’s double, and watching him run the bases, was priceless. I feel little sympathy for “tired” ballplayers. Granted, they use more physical effort in their jobs than most of us, which is tiring…but they also don’t work 12 months out of the year like the rest of us, and they make considerabley more money. So not much sympathy from me!
    zkonedog, you do know that the Twins used to be the Washington Senators, right? 😀

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