Once Francisco Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera were used up in the ninth inning on Monday night, both teams had decisions to make.
The Angels went to Darren Oliver, their so-so veteran lefty. The Yankees went to Sean Henn, their so-so rookie lefty. Oliver retired the side in order in the 10th, Henn gave up two doubles.
It seemed to me, at least at first glance, that Melky Cabrera was going to catch the double by Ryan Budde. I’m surprised either he or Abreu didn’t at least dive for it.
Had the Yankees taken the lead, Joe Torre said he would have stuck with Mariano Rivera. But with the game still tied, it made little sense to use up Mo. Edwar Ramirez, you’ll recall, had worked two innings on Sunday. You want to save him to close, anyway.
So it was either Henn or Ron Villone.
It’s a tough loss for the Yankees, who twice rallied from two-run deficits. That was one of those games you probably win at home and lose on the road.
Here is Joe Torre’s postgame press conference: