The 5-3 Loss

Not much to say about today. Wang had a so-so game and the offense never bailed him out. Until the ninth inning the Yankees only had 3 hits, a Giambi swinging bunt, a Wilson homer and a Jeter single. That was it. We were forcing Weaver into deep counts and he was throwing a lot of pitches (83 after 4 innings), but for some reason we never got the better of him. In the ninth inning A-Rod and Giambi hit back-to-back solo homers, but it was too little, too late.

Villone was as usual, scoreless through 2 1/3 innings. Torre was smart to use the last 4 outs as bullpen rehearsal for Jose Veras. He did well, but whether he’s a bullpen arm we can count on in the September race for postseason play remains to be seen. Let’s hope so.

I assume the sudden slump of our offense is due to the Angels’ inexplicable spell of dominance over us. In the series so far Damon is 1-for-8, Jeter is 2-for-11, Abreu is 2-for-12 and Posada is 0-for-9 (0-for his last 25). We’ve only scored 12 runs in the last 3 games. Now you know why. A-Rod and Giambi are the only ones hitting. A-Rod is 5-for-11 with 2 homers and Giambi is 4-for-10.

Needless to say, if the Yankees expect to split the series the table setters must get on base. A-Rod and Giambi will drive ’em in. And if Randy Johnson turns in a decent start, we’ll be able to maintain our slim, hardly existent lead in the division.

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