A matchup of dominant lefties was everything that we had expected, but the final result was nothing that we had hoped for. Both CC Sabathia and David Price turned in performances that even Cy Young himself would be proud of. Reid Brignac ended it with a walkoff solo shot in the eleventh.

With the loss the Yankees fall to 87-57 on the year, and also fall to second place, now 0.5 games back of Tampa Bay in the AL East. The Yanks lead Boston by 7 games in the Wild Card standings.

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Initial Reaction:

Ugh.

Positives From The Game:

It’s easy to forget how great the first eight innings were, what with how the game ended. But to watch the two best lefty pitchers in The Show square off for that long, and to see both dominate their opposing lineups was just awesome. Both pitchers traded zeroes for eight innings apiece. Price allowed three hits, and CC allowed just two while striking out nine.

Negatives From The Game:

Girardi played with fire in the tenth and eleventh. He left Chad Gaudin in to finish the 10th and then instead of giving the ball to one of the better relievers (Joba, Robertson), or the best reliever (Mo), he handed the ball to Sergio Mitre. Because the other three guys pitched yesterday? Nope, they didn’t. In fact, Joba hasn’t made an appearance in three games now. Because it wasn’t a save situation? What the hell kind of reasoning is that. Kerry Wood threw 11 pitches, and Boone Logan threw five. You’re telling me they couldn’t go any longer?

Jorge Posada, bless his heart, thought he could swipe a bag in the fifth. At the ripe age of 39, Posada is the slowest player on the team. Austin Kearns was having a good at bat versus Price and the Yanks finally had a batter reach base. Doesn’t make sense.

Is Kevin Long ill? Did he miss the flight to Texas and nobody has heard from him or his family since? Is his advice “just try to hit the ball”? What’s going on here? I feel like this is a trick.

And then Brett Gardner tried stealing third in the bottom of the tenth…with two out. C’Mon, Man! Brett, you’d score on a single anyway.

Interesting Facts:

This is the Yanks’ first four-game losing streak all season.

Tonight’s walkoff marked the Yanks’ third walkoff loss in the last four games.

The Yankees lineup went 4-33, and left 10 runners on base.

What’s Next?:

Winning causes short-term memory, so let’s take two out of three and forget this ever happened. First pitch Tuesday at 7:10 PM.

Probables: Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.92 ERA) vs. Matt Garza (14-8, 3.68 ERA)