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Friday's Game
2006-03-11 09:20
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

The Yankees left their starters at home and fell to the Reds 5-4

Lineup:

Kevin Reese LF
Miguel Cairo 2B
Kelly Stinnett C
Mitch Jones DH
Melky Cabrera CF
Eric Duncan 1B
Russ Johnson 3B
Felix Escalona SS
Kevin Thompson RF

Subs: Danny Garcia 2B, Ramiro Pena SS, Marcos Vechionacci 3B, Omir Santos C, Rudy Guillen RF, Damian Rolls LF

Pitchers: Mike Mussina, J. Brent Cox, Philip Hughes, Scott Erickson

Big Hits: A double and a solo homer by Felix Escalona (2 for 3), doubles by Cairo (1 for 3) and Guillen (1 for 1)

Who Pitched Well: Mike Mussina pitched three hitless innings before giving up three runs (two earned) on two walks and three hits in the fourth. Moose wasn't impressed:

"The first three innings weren't as good as it looked. I threw the ball right down the middle, and they hit some balls hard right at people. For the most part, though, I feel pretty good and I'm getting most of my pitches over the plate or just off, so I'm not complaining." (Yahoo!)
J. Brent Cox struck out one in a 1-2-3 fifth. Scott Erickson kept his ERA at 0.00 despite giving up the game winning run on one hit in 1 1/3 innings of work (see Oopsies). Hughes was less impressive, giving up a run on a walk and three hits in two innings despite striking out two.

Oopsies: Rudy Guillen misplayed a single in the ninth allowing the winning run to score from second. Mekly Cabrera and, for the second day in a row, Danny Garcia also committed errors.

Ouchies: Carl Pavano threw 37 pitches (or 35, depending on the source) in a bullpen session mixing fastballs, sliders and changeups all from the rubber. Octavio Dotel also threw from the rubber in his bullpen session.

WBC: In the United States' brutal five-inning 17-0 pasting of South Africa, Damon went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored, Jeter went 3 for 3 with a triple, a walk, an RBI and four runs scored, Rodriguez went 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored. In Puerto Rico's 12-2 victory over Cuba, Bernie Williams went 1 for 4, his lone hit being a two-run homer.

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