Down 7-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks scored six runs to take an 8-7 lead. They watched Mariano Rivera get the first two outs in the top of the 9th. They watched him get to one strike away from ending the game.
Then they watched the game get away. Mo blew the save and the next inning Joba blew the win (with help from Cowboy Joe West, umpiring at first) and the Yanks lost 9-8 in 10 innings.
Ivan Nova started and Boston worked him over. He gave up two in the third but the Yanks tied it in the bottom half on a Cano 2-run double.
But Nova gave up a HR to Middlebrooks in the fourth. 3-2 Boston.
Nova only lasted 4 innings, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 3 K. But he threw 96 pitches. ERA to 3.02.
Here, and later, is where I question Girardi. Hughes was demoted to the bullpen, so why didn’t Joe use him for an inning or two? Instead, he brought in the rookie Claiborne, who has had a good year, but who hasn’t ever experienced this type of pennant-race pressure before. 0 Ip, 3 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. ERA to 3.33.
Joe said he “didn’t want to put Hughes in that situation” after he didn’t pitch out of the B/p all year. BS. You are 2 1/2 out of the last wild card spot. You have to go with your best, and… we’ll get to that in a bit. But here is one spot where he could have used Hughes for 2-3 innings and didn’t and the game got away.
He brought in Cesar Cabral. Boston/Yankees, pennant-race, September, and the kid’s 2nd major league game. Cabral did strike out the only batter he faced. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.
Adam Warren for 2 2/3. 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 3.65.
7-2 going into the bottom of the 7th. Ichiro walked, Wells PH for Stewart & singled. Gardner singled in a run and then Wells stole 3rd (getting a favorable call, replays suggested he may have been out). Why Gardner didn’t go as well, I don’t know. Jeter walked to load the bases. Cano grounded into a force. 7-4. Soriano singled in a run, 7-5. Granderson doubled to make it 7-6. After A-Rod struck out, Overbay singled in two to give the Yanks an 8-7 lead.
Robertson had a 1-2-3 8th, 2 K. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.85.
Mo the 9th. He got a lineout and groundout and had 2 strikes on Napoli. One strike away from save #650. Napoli singled, left for PR Berry, who stole second and went to third on Romine’s throwing error. Drew tied it with a single.
1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.19.
In the bottom of the 9th, Soriano walked and was picked off first but the throw wasn’t good and he made it to second. SB. But then he was picked off second.
So for the 10th, in comes Joba, and you just KNEW the Yanks would then lose. Why not Hughes? (Kelley has a triceps issue and couldn’t pitch).
Joba 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. It appeared as if Shane Victorino went around for strike three but Cowboy Joe West, umping at first (bet he loved the nice long game) said Victorino held up. He singled in the game-winning run on the next pitch. Joba (L) 2-1, 4.38.
Logan finished. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.05.
Joba said something to West upon being removed and was ejected.
A tough loss. Had they hung on, and they were one strike away, they’d be only 1 1/2 back of the Rays for the last wild card spot b/c the Rays lost last night. Instead it remains 2 1/2 with 22 to go, and they are only 1/2 game ahead of the Orioles and Indians.
Once again, Derek Jeter didn’t look good to me, but looked tentative on those legs.
The Yanks stole six bases, even one by Overbay on the back end of a double steal.