In the New York Yankees-Seattle Mariners game on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field, one of the infielders hit two bombs.
Nope. Not Alex Rodriguez, but Seattle second baseman Jose Lopez.
Well, a third baseman hit a two-run shot in the third inning to tie the game.
Oops. Not A-Rod either. It was Seattle third sacker Adrian Beltre, who took Mike Mussina deep.
Nope. A-Rod was a non-factor on Sunday, just as he'd been the entire weekend in Seattle.
With the Yankees down 4-2 with two outs in the eighth, A-Rod came up against mediocre reliever Miguel Batista (6.09 ERA). With Jason Giambi on deck, Rodriguez needed to reach base so the Giambino would get a crack to tie the game.
Alas, A-Rod grounded out. Inning over. The Yankees third sacker couldn't help jump-start a comeback in his final AB of the series.
His hitless performance on Sunday gave him an 0-for-10 series versus the sad-sack Mariners.
And nope, the Yanks weren't facing Cy Young candidates. They had the luxury of hitting against relatively unknown commodities or washed-up relievers the entire series.
Sunday's starter, Ryan Feierabend, was 1-9 with a 6.83 ERA going into the contest. Ryan Rowland-Smith, who pitched for Seattle the night before, had never started a big-league game prior to 2008.
Yet, the Yanks couldn't solve those guys. A-Rod couldn't either. Good riddance.
Of course, on Friday night, Brandon Morrow (no, not the hockey player) took a no-no into the eighth inning in his first major-league start.
So, no. A-Rod and the Bombers weren't facing Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, or CC Sabathia.
And the Yanks lost two of three to the last-place Mariners, who had been 54-85 going into the weekend.
New York needed a five-run, seventh-inning rally--a frame in which, oh, okay, A-Rod did contribute, albeit with a hit batsman--just to salvage one game.
In the series, Bobby Abreu homered. Giambi homered. Derek Jeter homered. Xavier Nady homered.
A-Rod, however, didn't. He didn't even get a hit.
And with the Toronto Blue Jays winning their eighth straight on Sunday, the Yankees have fallen to fourth in the AL East.
The bright side in 2008 for A-Rod is he won't have to hear about another October in which he can't deliver.
The Yankees won't be there this time around. Especially thanks to A-Rod and his performance this weekend: Hitless in Seattle.
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