With the 2010 campaign winding down, Tito threw the rookies and the journeymen to the lions, as if this were 2011 auditions for the lot of them.
Patterson was 0/5 as he stepped to the plate, but ended up with a walk-off single to knock Bill Hall in for the winning run as he had just doubled and moved to 3rd on a sac bunt by Kevin Cash. Others doing well included Felipe Lopez who went 3/5, 1 RBI, 2 runs, 1 HR; Lars went 1/2, 1 walk, 1 RBI; Kalish went 2/3, 2 walks, 2 runs; Nava 2/3, 1 run, 1 RBI; and Bill Hall 1 hit and 1 run, the winning run. Josh Reddick didn't fare so well- 0/5, 9 LOB (ouch!)
On the pitching side, Dice-K may be trying to get himself moved to the west coast, as it has been suggested that he might waive his no-trade clause in order to be closer to his native Japan. His line is not too pretty: 5 IP, he struck out 6 Yankees, but 3 hits and 5 walks led to 4 runs. But 104 pitches? That's a lot for 5 innings. Atchison failed, Okajima inherited 3 of Atchison's men on base and allowed only 1 in, otherwise it was a good performance, not great, but just good. Robert Manuel went 2 innings and got the win.
AJ Burnett turned in another unsatisfactory performance, Cano went 3/3, but the Yankees committed 4 errors in this game! And they had most of thier usual starters in the line-up.
Sox win game 2 of the double-header. The Sox will fall short of the 90 win mark even when they win tomorrow, but how many AAA teams could win this many games, 88 to date, in the AL East?
Sox 7 Yankees 6 BOX SCORE