No matter how bad the Yankees pitching is, or will be, I take solace in the fact that we will NEVER have to run Pat Hentgen out on the mound. Last night was a perfect example of horrible pitching. Unfortunately, Javier Vazquez was once again only mediocre in his performance. On this night though it was good enough to beat the Blue Jays 10-3.
Hentgen lasted only two and two-thirds innings, giving up eight earned runs, seven hits, four walks and striking out zero. Vazquez managed to go six innings, giving up nine hits, three earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts. Felix Heredia, Juan Padilla and Paul Quantrill finished off the game, without allowing another Blue Jays run and allowing only two more hits.
Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi were both out of the game. Jeter with a broken wrist (but he can play on Thursday)and Giambi with an unidentified illness. Giambi went through his pre-game routine, felt exhausted and went to the hospital were he was tested for cancer. Fortunately, all tests cam back negative. However, Giambi is still not healthy enough to play.
Bernie Williams, Miguel Cairo, Gary Sheffield and Jorge Posada led the hit parade. Cairo was 3-4, with a double, a run scored and an RBI (batting in the two-hole). Williams, batting lead-off, went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Posada went 2-4 with 2 RBI and Gary Sheffield launched another long home run into left field to drive in three. Does Sheffield realize he is playing with a bum shoulder? He announced on Monday that he was playing in pain and the shoulder is getting worse. Since then, he has hit 3 home runs in three games. Gothamist wishes our shoulder hurt like Sheffield's, becayse maybe then, we would be hitting .800 in our softball league.
In an interesting side-bar to the game, Carlos Delgado, in quiet protest, went into the clubhouse for the singing of "God Bless America". He was quoted as saying it is his way to protest the war, amongst other things that the U.S. has done to his native Puerto Rico. New York fans were not sympathetic to Delgado's refusal to partake in this tradition. When he came up to bat, the crowd chanted "USA, USA". Delgado was 0-3 and is hitting .208 this year.
The Yankees play their second matinee of the week today at the Stadium at 1:05. Ted Lilly (7-7, 4.28) takes the mound for the Blue Jays. The Yankees will counter with Orlando Hernandez (2-0, 4.50). Tomorrow the Yankees travel to Boston to begin a three games series with the Red Sox. The Yankees currently have an 8 game lead over the Red Sox.