The Yankees lost 9-1 as Jeff Karstens and Chris Britton allowed nine runs in five innings.
But Doug Mientkiewicz doubled to right field against Victor Zambrano in the ninth inning, driving a 3-1 pitch to right field. He was 1 for 3 with a walk.
He had been 1 for 25 (.040) before the double. Now he’s at .077. Is there a difference?
“I can sleep tonight,” Mientkiewicz told me in the clubhouse just after he came off the field. “I put the barrel of the bat on the ball three times today. I’m making progress.”
I know a lot of you are ready to throw Mientkiewicz under the bus. But give him a shot. You won’t see it in the box score but A-Rod threw wildly in the first inning and Mientkiewicz came off the bag to get the ball and swiped a tag on Lyle Overbay as he went by.
Minky will do that two or three times a series and there’s value in that.
Here’s what Joe Torre said about it:
“Is it more beneficial to help your pitching staff and be more defensive oriented? Certainly if donâ€™t score runs we canâ€™t sit here and blame Mientkiewicz. Thatâ€™s my whole thought process. Not when you have a second baseman like we have, a shortstop like we have and the production that the center fielder puts out plus a catcher. Youâ€™re stealing from some positions that are defensive positions.”
No more audio today. Too windy.