Just one of those days for Garcia

July, 20, 2012
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Freddy Garcia had one of those games. It was bad, yes, but it could have been worse.

“I couldn’t find my stuff today,” the Yankees’ right-hander said after Thursday night’s 4-3 loss to the A’s. “I was not able to find any pitch. I was in trouble the whole game, but I was able to keep the game close.”

Garcia gave up nine hits, but only four runs, in 5 2/3 innings. Still, it was his worst start out of four since he returned to the rotation three weeks ago.

“It’s difficult because I couldn’t hit my spots,” Garcia said. “I need to find my spots and most of the game I couldn’t make a pitch where I wanted to.”

Ironically, one of the pitches that hurt Garcia the most was one that was exactly where he wanted it. He threw a curveball to A’s cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes in the first inning. He got the ball down where he intended it, but the free-swinging Cuban defector still hammered it over the left-field fence for a two-run homer.

“It was right off the top of the ground,” catcher Chris Stewart said. “He went out and golfed it. I knew the kid was strong, but even then I didn’t think he got enough to get out of the park, and he hit it way out. It shows how much power he has.”

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .288
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 64
RB. Gardner 81
OPSB. Gardner .787
ERAH. Kuroda 3.88
SOM. Tanaka 135