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Friday Fizzle: Yanks Rally Is Short, Drop 5-4 Affair to Boston

Situational Hitting Not Very Good

(Bronx, NY) – The Friday Night Yanks are off to a poor start with the 3rd consecutive Friday loss at home, this time the Bombers (20-16) dropping to the rival Red Sox.  Clay Bucholz was able to check the bats and battled Colon.  Both pitchers were in control early but eventually Colon (2-2) would yield a solo dinger to Adrian Gonzalez and then after striking out Youkilis he reached base on a passed ball and eventually scored for a 2-0 lead.  But Russell Martin would tie it up with his 7th blast of the season that just cleared the left center wall.  But Colon’s walk to Saltalamacchia, a .197 hitter, to lead off the 7th proved costly as his runner would come on to score and then Joba gave up a 2-run homer to Youkilis that would prove to be the difference.  Grandy would triple and score on a passed ball in the 8th and he was also able to single in Jeter in the 9th to cut the lead to 5-4 but Tex ended it with another pop-up.

The Yanks just do a poor job of getting runs advanced or in from 3rd with less than 2 outs.  The reliance on the long ball has caught up with them.  The starting pitching has been much better than expected and unless the hitting improves it will be a very long season

See Yanks-Boston box score here.

Notes:  For the FNY team it was the first game this season where all 8 members could be together and they had a pre and post-game meet at the Dugout.  John gave up his coat to charity and leads the team in countdowns.

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