Game 106: NYY vs. LAD — A walk-off win for the other guys

Putting it simply, the Dodgers out-hit the Yankees tonight. Maybe it was because they put up their ace against the slumping offense, or maybe it’s because starter Andy Pettitte hasn’t been on top of his game recently. Maybe it’s just how the chips fell, as it were.

Pettitte threw his 7 innings, giving up 8 hits and no walks and striking out 3 batters. He also allowed 2 runs — an RBI single in the 1st and a solo home run in the 2nd, but put up five solid innings of zeros on the scoreboard. David Robertson threw 9 pitches in the 8th inning and kept the momentum, doing his best to continue his display of (what can only be clearly called) All-Star behavior.

Now, the Yankees offense wasn’t nearly as alive as it was on Sunday. Lyle Overbay (who sat out Sunday’s game) shot a long ball deep into the right field seats in the bottom of the 1st inning. And in the 2nd inning, Alfonso Soriano doubled, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on Overbay’s ground out to tie up the game at 2-2 for the next 5 innings.

So going into the bottom of the 9th, the game is tied and Shawn Kelley comes into keep the Dodgers scoreless and take it into extra innings. Except he didn’t. Two out sand two singles later and the Dodgers have a walk-off victory 3-2.

But the Dodgers did keep the Yankee outfielders hopping, including a great throw by Ichiro Suzuki to get a runner out at home and a diving grab by Soriano.

In more positive news (as I try to steer away from potential speculation and negativity surrounding the PED scandal), the Yankees have Jayson Nix back on their regular roster after his recent stint on the DL for a hamstring strain. David Adams was optioned back to AAA Scranton. And Curtis Granderson is up to AA Trenton for his rehab assignment. And many others on the current DL are scheduled to come back some time in August, and since August begins in 2 days (or tomorrow for half the country already), this gives some hope to those of us wanting the “punch” to return to the team.

I think one of my least favorite parts of this job is having to sift through all the negative press either about the team or certain players or the sport in general. I don’t think I’ve gone a day recently without at least one story like this popping up on my Twitter feed. It’s such a shame that people would waste that much time on negativity. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m well aware of the things that are being said, and I even have my own strong opinions on them. But as long as everything’s still up in the air, there’s no press time on here allowed for assumption or spreading the negativity. Especially when I have to talk about bad news like a last-minute loss. (Not that I’d want to talk about negativity on a great win either, but I think you get the point.)

So instead, seeing as it’s the start of another week of late-nights (aka “West Coast Week, the sequel”), I’m going to wrap it up with hopes for a better tomorrow. I don’t think we can ask for anything more than that fresh start tomorrow, building on what was and moving forward with the desire to see good things by the end of the next day. Who knows? Maybe I’ll find something positive in my Twitter feed tomorrow morning, or maybe there will be a great personal interest story to take a little of the glory from the negative ones. But either way, you’ll always find positivity and hope on this blog. Maybe call it stability in such a chaotic world, but it is what it is.

Go Yankees!

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