There’s nothing like getting your internet connection after a week absence only to find that Mike Mussina lost to baseball’s best team.
This one was never close. With two on and two out in the second, Mussina allowed a double to someone called Justin Ruggiano that scored both runs. Meanwhile the Yankees were doing nothing to help – I think they have given up on the 2008 season. James Shield shut down the former Bronx Bombers in eight shutout innings, allowing no walks and just five hits. Moose had more trouble with Ruggiano in the second when he lead off with a single and then stole second. Jason Bartlett’s single brought him home on the next pitched. The Rays plated two more in the inning and that was it for Mussina.
5IP, 8H, 5ER, 2BB, 7K – 100 pitches
The chase for twenty is still alive, but on life support. Mussina is scheduled to start on Thursday against the Central division leading White Soxs. The start will be Mussina’s final in Yankee Stadium. I hope he can go out on a high note.