The big man was great tonight. He held the Red Sox to one run in seven innings. However, the bullpen could not help him out. Joba Chamberlain allowed four, 8th inning runs that allowed the Red Sox to tie the game.  Mariano Rivera allowed a two-run 9th inning double by Jeremy Hermida that put the Red Sox up, 7-5. The Yankee ninth inning rally fell short as the Red Sox won, 7-6. However, this game is being played under protest….

Grrr, I hate Boston!!! AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Initial Reaction:

If you take into account the crappy weather conditions, CC Sabathia was great tonight. The big man went seven innings, giving up four hits, one run (a Kevin Youkilis home run) while walking three and striking out five. The bullpen couldn’t help my man out.

Joba Chamberlain, however, was not. Chamberlain allowed four Boston runs on four hits. Alex Rodriguez committed an error on a Marco Scutaro ground ball which started the Red Sox rally. Pedoria singled, Drew doubled, Youkilis singled, Martinez grounded out, and then Ortiz doubled to tie the game at five. Mariano Rivera gave up a two-run double that gave the Red Sox a 7-5 9th inning lead.

Jonathan Papelbon came in. Again. Dramatics seem to follow this guy. A-Rod got on via a Marco Scutaro error and moved up to 2nd base on defensive indifference. Robinson Cano doubled Rodriguez home. Francisco Cervelli bunted Cano over to third. Marcus Thames walked. Juan Miranda grounded out to Papelbon. And then Randy Winn struck out. I know that teams do not want to use their second catcher, but how about having Jorge Posada pinch hit for Winn? He was apparently available to pinch hit.

Positives From The Game:

Beatin’ Up Beckett: The Yankees abused Josh Beckett again today. Beckett only lasted 4 2/3 innings, yielding five runs on five hits. He appeared to grab his side during the 5th inning after Cano’s double. Maybe he’s hurt? Maybe he’s not? Maybe I don’t care? It’s at least one of the three. The Yankees have now scored 19 earned runs against Beckett in only 14 2/3 innings this year.

Protest?: I referenced this earlier, but manager Joe Girardi is protesting this game because the Red Sox made no mention that Josh Beckett was injured when they removed him from the game. Reliever Manny Del Carmen was cold coming into the game and threw more than the nine allotted warm up tosses. The Commissioner’s Office reviews all protests and if Girardi’s protest is successful, the game will be re-started from the point when Beckett left (5-0 Yankee lead). Positive thoughts Yankee fans.

Mery Miranda!: Juan Miranda homered in the bottom of the 4th, his first of the season.

Negatives From The Game:

Joba Jobless?: After two straight shaky outings, fans will begin to wonder if Joba will be removed from his 8th inning duties. However, the Yankees really don’t have a worthy replacement. Chamberlain has now allowed seven earned runs in his last inning and two-thirds. He is completely missing his spots with his fastball and is not getting his slider down in the zone.

Blowing the Lead: This is the second straight night where the Yankees have blown a five-run lead. It’s inexcusable for the bullpen to blow a four-run lead, but the Yankees had an opportunity in the sixth (Mark Teixeira up with bases loaded) to put the game away. Teixeira popped up to third base to end the threat.

Kevin Youkilis: Youk went 2 for 3 tonight with a home run and three RBIs. He reached base in five of his six plate appearances.

Marcus Thames vs. Fly Ball: Thames dropped Marco Scutaro’s 9th inning pop up. It was an in-between pop up between him and Robinson Cano, but it was totally his ball. This miscue led to the game winning run. Can we get Swisher back in there?

Interesting Facts:

28, 29: The respective pitch totals for Papelbon, Rivera.

0-4: The Yankees are 0-4 in one-run games this year.

This was a bumpy ride...

What’s Next?:

The first place Tampa Bay Rays (28-11) will come swimming up to the Bronx for another short two-game set. The Yankees took two of three earlier this season at Tropicana Field.

Wednesday, 7:05 PM, ESPN: Wade Davis (3-3, 3.38 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (4-1, 3.38 ERA)

Last Start:
Davis: Loss, six innings, three runs, two strike outs.
Burnett: ND, 6 2/3 innings, three runs, four strike outs.

Davis: 0-2, 5.73 ERA (Has Never Pitched At Yankee Stadium)
Burnett: 12-4, 2.76 ERA

Other Notes:

The Yankees sent outfielder, Greg Golson back down to Triple A and re-called reliever, Mark Melancon. Hopefully Melancon can provide some stability to the middle innings.