The New York Yankees simply had no answer for the Angel starter Sean O’Sullivan, as he went six innings and allowed two earned runs on only two hits as the Angels beat the Yanks by a score of 10-2. Phil Hughes got hit early and often and picked up his third loss of the year. With the loss, the Yankees move to 58-34 on the season.

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Initial Reaction:

The Yankees certainly didn’t give it their all tonight, and they didn’t get the lucky breaks that aided the Angels, such as a home run ball bouncing over the top of the short porch or a deflected grounder going straight to a fielder.

Regardless, I feel irresponsible to say that the Yanks simply got “unlucky” tonight, considering no team deserves to win after getting two hits off a kid called up from AAA.

Positives From The Game:

What a Gun!: Jorge Posada gunned down former Yankee Bobby Abreu twice trying to steal second.

#63: Tonight was the well-awaited return of Jonathan Albaladejo, the AAA closer who has simply dominated (2-1, 31 saves, 0.96 ERA, 61 K, 22 BB). He went 1.2 innings and allowed two hits and one walk while striking out one. I was pretty impressed, considering he has normally gone just one inning this year.

Negatives From The Game:

Bottom of the First: Nick Swisher hit a solo shot and Jorge Posada grounded into a fielder’s choice which brought home another run, but that was it for the offense. This offense needs to get more than two runs if they are going to get a home run, a double, and a walk before there are two outs in the inning.

Hughes Loses It: Phil Hughes got three groundouts in the first inning. It really fell apart from there. He went a total of 5+ innings and allowed six earned runs, nine hits, three walks, and only two strikeouts. It could be argued that the strike zone was small, but it was the same strike zone for Sean O’Sullivan, who pitched for the first time in his career against the Yankees.

Wrong Team: Hideki Matsui did what Yankee fans have seen him do for many years, but it was the 11th time it happened not in a Yankee uniform.

The rest of the offense: From the second through sixth innings, the “Bronx Bombers” mustered one hit and two walks. Let’s hope this is just “first time facing a starter” syndrome.

Also, just in case you were wondering, Chan Ho Park and Chad Gaudin are still awful, pitching a combined two innings for three hits, two walks, and three earned runs.

Interesting Facts:

Nick Swisher’s last nine games: .359 (14 for 39), 4 doubles, 4 homers, 7 RBIs, 9 runs

Derek Jeter’s last nine games: .175 (7 for 40), 1 double, 1 walk.

12: The number of batters retired in a row by Angels starter Sean O’Sullivan in the second through fifth innings. Yuck.

13: Number of home runs allowed by Phil Hughes in the Bronx this year.

Celeb Spotting: Two points if you saw Giraldo Rivera sitting behind the Yankee dugout (of course, before he was shown in the 7th inning).

With the loss, the Yankees are now 4-6 against starters who they are facing for the first time.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will finish their third two-game series of the year with a matinee performance tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM on the YES Network. Pretty much any result tomorrow is better than what you saw tonight.

Projected Starters:

Joel Piniero (10-6, 3.95 ERA) vs. Javier Vazquez (7-7, 4.45 ERA)