The recent trend held true as rookie pitcher Josh Tomlin baffled the Yankees for seven innings tonight. Tomlin limited the Yankees to three hits and one run over the first seven frames. The Yankees only run came on a Colin Curtis eighth inning RBI ground out.

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Initial Reaction:

So far this season, pitchers facing the Yankees for the first time are 3-1. Tomlin gave the first-timers their fourth win on the season. Tomlin constantly baffled the Yankees, effectively mixing in a deadly change-up with his fastball. Chalk this loss up to pure deception.

CC Sabathia started the game for the Bombers and was plagued by a plethora fourth inning errors. Francisco Cervelli dropped a sure out at the plate and Robinson Cano did not tag second base on a sure double play. Cleveland used their given six outs to score two runs.

Positives From The Game:

Chan Ho Park: When CHoP is the only positive from the game, you know things went poorly. Park only threw six pitches to get out of the bottom of the eighth inning. The Yankees are looking to deal Park, so maybe this outing will help? Maybe not….(5.40 ERA)

Negatives From The Game:

Defense: The Yankees are one of the top defensive teams in the game and their two errors plagued them tonight. If the defense played more efficiently, Sabathia would have given up only two runs.

Bottom of the Order: The Yankees 5-9 hitters only went 1 for 15 tonight.

Jorge Posada: He was scratched tonight due to knee soreness. Let’s hope it’s not serious.

Interesting Facts:

35: Tonight was A-Rod’s 35th birthday. No presents for him though as he went 0 for 4.

What’s Next?: The Yankees will look to get back on track tomorrow night.

Wednesday, 7:05 PM, YES: A.J. Burnett (8-8, 4.77 ERA) vs. Fausto Carmona (10-7, 3.51 ERA)

Last start for Burnett: Win over Kansas City 7-1 (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 K, 1 BB)

**Burnett won his first start against Cleveland this year. He allowed only one earned run over eight innings of work.