In the past week, we have seen Felix Heredia come in five times out of the last six games. In most situations it is to face the opponents best left-handed hitter. In those five games, Heredia has faced 11 batters and has retired only three of them, has given up five hits, and has walked three. It makes you wonder why Joe Torre continues to go back to him in big spots. Last night Heredia came in to face Carlos Delgado with a runner on first and two outs. Delgado laced a double to right field, and after an errant throw from Gary Sheffield, Vernon Wells scored the game-tying run. The Yanks would go on to lose 3-2 on a tenth inning walk-off home run by Vernon Wells.
Jon Lieber pitched his best game as a Yankee. Lieber went seven and two-thirds innings, scattering seven hits, and allowing two earned runs (the game tying run that Heredia allowed to score was charged to Lieber). Scott Proctor, who has pitched wonderfully in the last week, retired one batter before allowing the home run to Vernon Wells.
Gary Sheffield homered for the Bronx Bombers. Sheffield has homered five times in the last nine games. In those last nine games Sheffield is hitting .297 (11-37) with 12 RBI and the five home runs. Enrique Wilson drove in the other New York run with a two-out single that scored Bernie Williams in the seventh inning.
Baltimore comes to town tonight. Jose Contreras (8-4, 5.36) will match up with Sydney Ponson (5-12, 5.93) in the first game of the series. First Pitch is 7:05pm.