What it means: That the Yankees not only blow a winnable ballgame, they blow an opportunity to gain a game on the Red Sox, who lost in Baltimore, and put another game between themselves and the Rays in the AL wild card race. And they waste an outstanding starting pitching performance because once again, they simply do not hit. Or, in the seventh inning, field.
What's good: Bartolo Colon, for six innings. The big man allowed just one run and struck out eight through the first six and wiped away (for now) the ugly memory of last Thursday in Toronto. Mark Teixeira (double) and Robinson Cano (16th HR) combined for a two-out rally off Jeremy Hellickson in the third.
What's not so good: Colon and Boone Logan in the seventh. After Colon notched his 9th K --his season-high and the most he has K'd in a game since April 2007 --he allowed back to back singles, one an infield hit, and Joe Girardi pulled him for Logan, who caught a bad break when Curtis Granderson lost a routine flyball in the white ceiling of The Trop to load the bases, then botched a comebacker, allowing the tying run to score. Girardi, who is normally about as emotional as a totem pole, flung his gum to the ground in frustration after that one. A sac fly then drove in the go-ahead run. And other than their third inning "rally,'' there was no Yankee offense to speak of. After Cano's home run, Hellickson retired 12 in a row before Brett Gardner singled in the seventh. But then, after Gardner stole second, Eduardo Nunez walked, and the two pulled off a double steal (Gardner's 29th) to put two runners in scoring position, Derek Jeter (0-for-4) grounded weakly to first to kill the threat.
What's next: Freddy Garcia's turn to pitch for his job comes Wednesday night against LHP David Price (9-7, 3.73). Garcia (7-7, 3.43) is coming off a five-inning, six-run outing against the Blue Jays on July 15. He is 8-2 lifetime against Tampa with a 3.56 ERA, but has only faced them once since 2007, a win with the White Sox on May 28, 2010.