Momentum changes fast in this game. Yanks' offense was nowhere to be found for the first 17 innings of this series.
At the end of the day, it is up to the players to execute and perform in order to win. But, I do think it is up to the manager to put them in the best possible position to win as well. I think there were three separate late inning situations that Joe Torre could have put the team in a better position to win in the 2nd game of the series. Damon and Abreu were up in key moments with men on base facing a lefty. Damon had 2 on 1 out in the 7th, and 2 on no outs in the 9th. Abreu up with 2 on and2 outs in the 9th. Both appeared to be ice cold and not seeing the ball very well the entire game. Given they were facing a lefty, I don't think it would have been out of the question to PH Shelley Duncan for one of those ABs. I don't know if the result would have been different, but I don't think it could have been worse (two double plays and a game ending K), and with a right handed power hitter, and a lefty making a spot close I think you take that chance. Torre opted not to of course, and it bothers me that none of the press in the post-game interviews even asked him about it - they give him the pass week in and week out. Water under the bridge.
Chien-Ming Wang will win 20 games this year - the team just seems to find a way to win when this guy take the mound.
The young guns down on the farm keep making their case to upper management: 2006 first round draft pick, Ian Kennedy, has gone a combined 11-2 with a 1.94 ERA with Tampa and Trenton this season so far and was just brought up to SWB this past week. And Phil Hughes went 6 plus scoreless innings against Rochester on Sunday. Hughes hasn't given up an earned run in his last 16 innings of his rehab work. His (or Jeff Karstens) next start will likely be August 3rd for the Bombers.
Getting a chance to catch a couple of Scranton WB Yankee games the next two nights as they visit Frontier Field for a pair.
The big club gets their first day off since the All-Star break Monday and resume in Chicago for a 3 game set.