Willie Harris led off this game against Mike Mussina and he drew a walk on a full count. When talking about Mike Mussina, a walk is almost always an early sign of trouble. Yes, the walk did come back to haunt Mussina when Harris came around to score on a Magglio Ordonez RBI groundout. Still in the first inning, Carlos Lee rapped a single to right field followed by another walk, to Paul Konerko. To this point, it was obvious of Mussina's lack of command and confidence in his stuff. With his fastball still topping out around 87 or 88 MPH, Ross Gload smashed a two run double off the Moose to score both Konerko and Lee. That would be all that Mussina would surrender (for now) as he would settle down in later innings. In the top of the third Hideki Matsui got the offense started for the Yankees as he cracked a double to right-center field. After a walk to Tony Clark, Miguel Cairo stepped to the plate and ripped a double to right-center to score Matsui from second as Tony Clark advanced to third base. Then on an RBI groundout, Derek Jeter drove in Tony Clark to cut the Chicago lead to 3-2. In the bottom of the sixth inning, just as it seemed Mussina was getting his act together, Joe Crede was at the plate. Crede drove a solo home run to make it a 4-2 Sox lead. The Yankees refused to go away, in the 7th inning the sizzling hot Jorge Posada hit a double and later came around to score on a Hideki Matsui RBI groundout. That was as close as they would come. With Enrique Wilson on third base in the 9th, Travis Lee grounded into a double play to end the game and the Yankees hopes. The final line on Mike Mussina was 8 innings, 9 hits, 4 runs, 3 BB, 5 SO. He took the loss.
The Yankees will go right back at it with the Boston Red Sox on Friday as they begin a three game series. Jose Contreras (0-1, 9.39) will oppose Derek Lowe (1-1, 9.35) at 7:05 PM Eastern Standard Time.