Okay, it’s not much, but this year I’ll take the victories where I can get them.
The Good Horacio put in an appearance — actually, it was a bit beyond the Good Horacio, considering the opposition. He went eight, allowed one run (scored earned by blatant hometown scoring on an obvious error) and walked but one. He struck out three, including Damon twice, and allowed eight hits, all but one a single. Against that lineup (Damon-Jeter-Giambi-ARod-Posada-Williams) you’ll take that every time.
Jaret Wright almost matched him for six innings, the one run coming in the second. Andruw doubled, McCann got him to third with a groundout, and Francoeur (hence, Kid RBI) scored him on a single. That was pretty much it against Wright, but the Braves broke through against the bullpen.
LaRoche hit a solo homer to make it 2-0 in the seventh. The Yankees got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Posada had doubled and was on third with two out when Chipper made an error — he out and out dropped the ball — on a grounder that was inexplicably scored in infield single. For the second night in a row, Torre tried to get a second inning out of the reliever and it backfired, Francoeur singling in Renteria (who had stolen second leading to an IBB of McCann). They got two more runs — off of Kyle Farnsworth — in the ninth, with Betemit and Chipper doing the honors. Sosa allowed a solo homer in the non-save situation to finish the scoring.
Bobby started Andruw at DH then brought him in for defense. Did he used to lose the DH like this in Toronto? It’s very frustrating. At least it didn’t backfire this time. Day game tomorrow.