Game date- 6/17/06Yankees- 7, Nationals- 5
W- Rivera (4-3)
L- Cordero (2-2) Bernie Williams is congratulated at home plate by Jorge Posada after hitting a tie-breaking solo home run in the ninth inning.
Yankee Starting Lineup:
CF- Damon, 1-5 ( 1B, sac fly, RBI)
LF- Cabrera, 1-5 ( 1B, HBP, 2 RBI)SS- Jeter, 1-3 ( 1B, 2 BB, SB, R, RBI)DH- Giambi, 2-5 ( 2B, 2B, RBI)
3B- Rodriguez, 1-5 ( 1B)
2B- Cano, 1-5 ( 1B, R)RF- Williams, 4-5 ( 1B, 1B, 2B, 3R, 2RBI, solo HR  )
C- Stinnet, 2-2 ( 1B, 1B, BB)
P- Wright, 0-2 ( BB)
Other Yankee Batters:
C- Posada, 2-2 ( 1B, 2B, 2R)
1B- Phillips, 1-2 ( 1B)
Wright- 5H, 5R, 2BB, 2K, 5IP
Proctor- H, 2K, 2IP
Farnsworth- .1IPRivera- K, 1.2IP
Jaret Wright, once again, only pitched five innings. He continued to struggle during later innings and had to be relieved. Wright pitched five inings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks. But Proctor, Farnsworth, and Rivera pitched four shutout innings over Washington. Kyle Farnsworth had to leave the game in the eighth due to back spasms and is now listed as "day-to-day."
The Yankees pounded out 16 hits, every New York batter ( besides the pitcher) had at least one hit. But the Yankees had a lot of trouble scoring runs- leaving 13 men on base. Bernie Williams, though, had a huge night with 2 singles, a double, a home run in the ninth to break a tie game, 3 runs scored, and two runs driven in.
Once again, Alex Rodriguez failed to come through in the clutch- in the seventh inning with runners on second and third ( only one out), he struck out looking; and, in the eighth inning with bases loaded ( and two outs), he struck out swinging. Rodriguez left a total of five men on base ( four in scoring position) and struck out three times.
Joe Torre did not manage the team today; he was serving a one game suspension by MLB for Randy Johnson's actions against Eduardo Perez on Wednesday. ( Johnson was suspended five games. ) Lee Mazzilli, the Yankees' pitching coach, filled in for Torre.