I like Girardi as a manager. There is one fault he has. Torre had the same fault.
When the hell will he ever call for a squeeze play? I am livid with Girardi about this.
Bottom of the 8th. Tie game. One of the fastest runners in the game on third with one out in Gardner. One of the fastest runners in the game at the plate in Ellsbury. Hell, not only can Ellsbury get the go-ahead run in with a well-executed squeeze bunt, he may even beat it out.
I can’t remember the last time the Yankees squeezed a run home. 15 years ago? 20? The point is, you have to get the run in any way you can. Bottom of 8th. Tie game. Fast guy on base, fast guy at the plate. No attempt at a squeeze play. No small ball. Ellsbury pops up. Beltran is intentionally walked, and McCann, who has done nothing so far this year, flies out.
You can’t sit and wait for 3-run home runs all the time. You have to make things happen. Billy Martin would call for a squeeze. He must be spinning in his grave right now. No one plays BillyBall anymore.
Masahiro Tanaka had a strong outing. He did give up a 3-run Hr in the second to put the Yanks down 3-0. But he went 7, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 10 K. He set a Yankees record for most K in his first two starts (18), beating out El Duque (16) and Al Leiter (15).
The Yanks got HR from Beltran (1) and Kelly Johnson (2) in the second to cut it to 3-2. A double by Beltran (3 hits tonight) and a couple of get him over and get him in outs tied the game in the fourth.
Matt Thornton got an out in the eighth, and Adam Warren two outs. Shawn Kelley gave up the two in the ninth to lose the game.
Maybe Kelley would have spit the bit anyway. But wouldn’t it have been better to give him a little bit of a cushion? And to do that, use ALL your weapons, which sometimes may be the squeeze play.