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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Bronx, NY (June 25) – The New York Yankees were defeated by the Colorado Rockies by the score of 4-2. A.J. Burnett made the start and he struggled but was able to keep the Yankees in the game. The Yankees offense scored early on and it looked like they would not have much of a problem with Ubaldo Jiminez but then he settled down. The offense was quiet and the Yankees lost the first game of the series and home stand.
Burnett pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up four runs on seven hits. He walked five and struck out five. Burnett really did not have much control. I am surprised he did not completely implode in this one. Boone Logan turned in another good outing as he has been trying to turn his season around. Logan pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and a walk and he struck out two. Luis Ayala pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up no runs and a hit.
Curtis Granderson had three walks, Mark Teixeira had a walk and Alex Rodriguez had a hit and two RBI. Nick Swisher had two hits, Eduardo Nunez and Russell Martin each had a hit. Rodriguez had a double. The Yankees were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and they left six men on base. Granderson had a stolen base and Nunez was caught stealing.
The Yankees got on the board first in the first inning on an RBI double by Rodriguez. It was 1-0 Yankees but was also second and third and one out. Cano lined into a double play as Rodriguez was caught off second base. That could have been the turning point of the game.
In the second inning Jason Giambi hit a monster solo homerun. He hit it deep into the right field bleachers. In the third inning, Todd Helton hit an RBI single to make it 2-1 Rockies. The Yankees scored in the bottom of the third on a Rodriguez sacrifice fly to tie the game at two. That was the last time the game would be tied.
In the fourth inning, Ty Wiggin ton grounded out to drive in a run and give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. The Rockies would add their fourth and final run of the night in the fifth inning on a Troy Tulowitzki solo homerun. The Yankees did not even come close after that to scoring again.
The two teams will play game two of the three game series on Saturday afternoon. The Yankees did not lose any ground in the AL East as the Boston Red Sox also lost. The Yankees and Red Sox are tied in the loss column for first place in the AL East. The Yankees are ½ game back as the Red Sox have one more win then they do. The Yankees will send C.C. Sabathia to the mound Saturday afternoon.
The Yankees will play two more games against the Rockies, have Monday off and then play three games against the Milwaukee Brewers before heading to Citi Field to take on the Mets in the Subway Series Round Two.