It wasn’t going to be the Yankees night in St. Louis tonight. David Phelps put in a decent effort tonight, but there was just no defense and no offense to back him up. In 109 pitches over his 6 innings, Phelps gave up 8 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts.
Actually, it was the 3rd inning that was really the sloppiest. With 1 out and runners on the corners with singles, a ground-rule double scored the first run. Phelps opted to load the bases with an intentional walk, and a missed catch error by Johnson allowed another run to score and keep the bases loaded. Then a force attempt and fielding error by Roberts allowed 2 more runs to score before the Yankees could get out of the inning. Those 2 errors really cost the Yankees the game because they were never able to recover. A solo home run in the 5th added another run to the Cardinals’ lead.
For the 7th and 8th inning, the Yankees turned to Alfredo Aceves, but the Cardinals insisted on adding to their lead with another solo home run in the 7th. And the Cardinals were up 6-0.
That’s right. The Yankees could get on base, but they would never cross home plate. In fact, they gave the Cardinals’ starter a complete shutout game — 126 pitches, no runs scored, and just 5 hits for the Yankees.
Kelly Johnson was playing 1st base for the second day in a row for Mark Teixeira. Teixeira has been dealing with some lingering soreness in the wrist he injured last year and needed almost a full season of recovery. No one seems to think it’s a problem, as sometimes there can be lingering soreness for years after surgery. He will be checked out by the team doctor to confirm the initial diagnosis once they get back to New York for the weekend series.
In the meantime, there are two fun things Yankees fans can do. First, go and vote for the All-Star Game (you can vote 25 times without signing in, or 35 times if you have an MLB account). Currently, there are 7 Yankee starters (McCann, Teixeira, Jeter, Soriano, Ellsbury, Beltran, and Gardner) leading the votes. Derek Jeter is going for his 14th ASG.
And then pick up a copy of Mariano Rivera’s new book called The Closer. It’s the story of his journey from Panama to the Yankees to retirement, infused with the faith, family, and friends who shaped and impacted his life and career. (Amazon link here.) I just bought my copy and can’t wait to dive right in.