George Steinbrenner; Photo: Daily News

The Yankees tried to add to their abnormal number of comeback victories this year yesterday, but fell one run short. The Yankees put two runs on the board in the seventh inning and then 2 more in the bottom of the ninth, to come within one run of the Blue Jays, however that is where the comeback ended.

Even though the Yankees are crushing the Red Sox in the standings and can seemingly cruise into October, I have a bone to pick with Mr. Torre. First let me say that I think he is a terrific baseball man, and a great manager. However, when the Yankees got to within one run of tying the game in the bottom of the ninth, Jorge Posada drew a walk with no one out and the Yankees down by one. The next batter, Bernie Williams, who has been on fire of late, did not sacrifice Bubba Crosby (the pinch runner for Posada) to second base. I don't understand this. Why not sacrifice? What is the logic?

Well, the Blue Jays won the game and it was due to the great pitching the Blue Jays got from starter Josh Towers. Towers held the Yankees to three hits and zero runs through six innings. In the seventh the Yankees got to Towers for two hits and two runs, on Bernie Williams monster blast to right field. Vinny Chulk then came in to retire the Yankees in order in the eighth inning. Jason Frasor escaped the ninth with the save after allowing two hits and a walk. Hideki Matsui blasted his 23rd homer of the year off Frasor, which made the score 5-4.

Esteban Loaiza didn't pitch particularly well, but his defense did not play all that great behind him. Still Loaiza needs to get his velocity up and start missing some bats. When Mike Mussina gets back in about 10 days it will leave the Yankees with six starters. It was originally thought that either Orlando Hernandez or Jon Lieber would go to the pen. It might be Loaiza now, who moves to the bullpen.

On a side note, Mr. Steinbrenner (who hasn't had much to complain about lately) voiced his concern over starting Kenny Lofton in Right field. He blamed the poor pitching performance on Kenny Lofton. Mr. Steinbrenner went as far to say that Gary Sheffield, who can't lift his arm over his head, would have robbed the Gabe Gross home run. that might be a bit of a reach, but the Boss has clearly stated that he does not want to see Lofton in right field, anytime in the near future.

The Yankees travel to Texas and begin a three game series tonight at the Ballpark at Arlington. Kevin Brown (9-1, 3.60) takes on Ryan Drese (8-6, 3.53).