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Yankees Get Whacked

Gary MarcheseAnalyst IApril 14, 2009

BALTIMORE - APRIL 06:  Chien-Ming Wang #40 of the New York Yankees watches the game against the Baltimore Orioles on April 6, 2009 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees were whacked by the Tampa Bay Rays tonight by a score of 15-5. Chien-Ming Wang was lit up again, giving up eight runs in one inning. His ERA is 28.73 right now. This was just an embarrassing game, it was so bad that Nick Swisher, (no, you saw that right, Nick Swisher) had to pitch. The really sad thing about the game was Nick Swisher pitched a scoreless inning, which was the best pitching performance of the night for the Yankees. Jonathan Albaladejo pitched three innings, giving up three runs on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Edwar Ramirez pitched two innings, giving up one run on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Phil Coke continued his bad pitching with one inning of one hit, three runs with two walks. He should have gotten out of the inning, if not for miscommunication in the infield, leading to a dropped popout.

Nick Swisher also continued his hot hitting with a solo home run, Jorge Posada was 2-4 with 2 RBIs. Xavier Nady, Jose Molina, Cody Ransom, and Robinson Cano all had one hit, and Melky Cabrera was 2-4 with an RBI. The Yankees will try and erase this horrible game tomorrow with A.J. Burnett on the mound against Matt Garza. I have a feeling a long reliever will be coming up and I wouldn't be surprised to see Phil Coke getting sent down. I expect that Dave Robertson and Mark Melancon will be in the pen by the middle of the summer, giving it a different look, with more power arms. If you are wondering when the last time a position player pitched for the Yankees, it was in 1997, when Wade Boggs did it.

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