It was David Phelps on the mound, in place of -- ah, who remembers anymore whether he was subbing for Pineda or Nova? He did not pitch well: Only 5 innings, allowing 4 runs. Matt Thornton allowed another run in the 6th.
All this after the Yankees took a 3-0 lead before the Brewers even came to bat. Or, as they'd say in English soccer, "Three-nil, and you fucked it up!"
But the Yankees got a run in the 7th, and then, in the top of the 9th, continuing his comeback from injury and ineffectiveness, Mark Teixeira hit one out, his 7th home run of the season, off Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez. Tie ballgame.
Except Adam Warren, who stood to be the winning pitcher, blew it in the bottom of the 9th. With 1 out, he allowed a double to Rickie Weeks, threw a wild pitch to get him to 3rd, got Lyle Overbay (one of last year's Yankees, now returned to the Brewers) to strike out, and then allowed a single to Mark Reynolds (another of last year's Yankees).
Brewers 6, Yankees 5. WP: The undeserving K-Rod (1-0). No save. LP: Warren (1-2).
And so, 6 weeks into the 26-week season, here's how the American League Eastern Division looks:
The Yankees are in a bit of a slump. This is not the best way to head into a series with The Other Team.
Here are the projected starting pitching matchups:
Tonight, Yankee Stadium II, 7:05 PM: Hiroki Kuroda vs. Bartolo Colon. No, it's not Old-Timers' Day.
Tomorrow night, Yankee Stadium II, 7:05 PM: Vidal Nuno vs. Zach Wheeler. Wheeler is this year's Met "ace," following Matt Harvey last year and R.A. Dickey the year before.
Wednesday night, Citi Field, 7:10 PM: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Jenrry Mejia. At least one matchup obviously favors the Yankees.
Thursday night, Citi Field, 7:10 PM: Pitcher TBA (this was CC's spot in the rotation) vs. Dillon Gee.
This is not encouraging.
You know what? To hell with that: We're the Yankees, they're the Mets.
Come on you Pinstripes!