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Big herd of goats at Camden Yards

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 28, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It would be easy to look at last night’s game and say that LaTroy Hawkins lost it.

And he did.

But Hawkins is simply at the end of the line of players who helped toss this game away:

* Derek Jeter had one of his worst nights as a Yankee. He got picked off second in the sixth inning with two outs and Alex Rodriguez up. He then couldn’t get a bunt down in the ninth inning with Johnny Damon on second and struck out.

In the 11th he somehow got thrown out at the back end of a 4-2-5 double play. And it wasn’t close. Then in the bottom of the 11th he made an ill-advised throw to the plate trying to get Melvin Mora, allowing Aubrey Huff to go to third.

* Alex Rodriguez threw a ball away in the second inning that cost Ian Kennedy an unearned run. Then with the bases loaded and no outs in the 11th he manages to ground into the 4-2-5 double play. “Stick your glove out, make a lucky catch and get two out of it,” he said afterward.

Lucky? He hit the hard grounder right at an infielder, the one thing you couldn’t do. Striking out would have been less damaging.

Rodriguez made another later error in the fourth inning, one of three the Yankees made on the night. They also had a passed ball.

* Ian Kennedy was given a 4-0 lead and gave up four runs in the second. You can’t do that.

* Ross Ohlendorf was given an 8-4 lead and gave up four runs in the fifth. You can’t do that.

* Wilson Betemit played first base like there was a minefield four feet from the bag.

* Then we have Hawkins, who with the bases loaded and one out and Alex Cintron up in the 11th, left a pitch up. You’re in desperate need of a grounder and you leave the ball up?




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