- Cleveland 2 Yankees 1 (11 innings): Baseball has had many weird games and plays in its history, but it is hard to think of a more bizarre scene than Jacobs Field in the eighth inning last night. Swarms of mayflies descended on the stadium, disrupting play and perhaps affecting Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain, called in to protect a 1-0 lead in the seventh was swamped by the insects and suffered an uncharacteristic bout of wildness. Two walks, two wild pitches and a hit batter were part of an inning that saw Cleveland tie the game against Joba.
And, that was devastating for the Yankees because their bats have been extinguished by great pitching by the Indians. Fausto Carmona was amazing, allowing three hits over nine innings and Rafael Perez dominated the Yankees for a second night. When the Yankees used up Joba and Mo it was only a matter of time. Luis Vizcaino walked the leadoff batter and after the bases were loaded, Travis Hafner lined a 3-2 pitch for a single and the game-winner.
So, New York returns home down 0-2 and hitting .121 for the series. They have until Sunday night at 6:30 to find some answers.
- Islanders 6 Sabres 4: Mike Comrie had a huge debut for New York scoring two goals and assisting on two others as the Islanders came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to ultimately prevail.
Photograph of Jorge Posada applying bug spray to relief pitcher Mariano Rivera during the 9th inning by Amy Sancetta/AP