Things were looking good for the Yankees, up 4-0 through four innings with Mike Mussina dominating the Indians. Then everything changed, as Mussina couldn’t find the plate and the Indians started hitting. When the fifth inning had ended, Cleveland had scored six times and cruised to a 7-4 victory Wednesday night.
Mussina’s loss of command was inexplicable. In the first four innings he had given up three hits while striking out six. Ben Brussard led off the fifth with a home run and Casey Blake doubled. After striking out Grady Sizemore, Mussina could only retire one more hitter giving up four hits and walking two before being lifted for Tanyon Sturtze.
The Yankee loss coupled with the Red Sox victory puts them four and a half games out of first place. Boston seems to be rejuvenated in the past week as they have won seven in a row to put some room between themselves and the Yankees. Have the mediocre Yankees of June resurfaced? Only time will tell.
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