The Yankees had a runner on first base with no outs in the bottom of the ninth and were down 3-2 tonight.
Derek Jeter was on the bench. But Melky Cabrera stayed in the game and grounded into a double play. This would be the same Melky Cabrera who was 0 for his last 18 when he stepped to the plate. Further, he didn’t try to bunt.
Am I missing something? The Yankees bunt with leads but not when they trail by a run in the ninth inning at home?
What is indisputable is that the Yankees have scored seven runs in their last 38 innings and are now eight games behind Tampa Bay in the loss column.
Meanwhile Mariano Rivera can’t seem to pitch unless it is a save situation. He has not given up a run in 22 save situations this season. But in 13 non-save situations, he has allowed 10 hits and four runs in 14 innings.
Granted, that is not bad. But still weird.