Joe Girardi said his players “were extemely focused” tonight. But the Yankees seemed to be in a hurry to get out of the Iron City. Only three times did anybody go to a three-ball count against Paul Maholm.
“That’s baseball,” Girardi said.
That’s also the 31st time in 92 games this season the Yankees have scored two runs or fewer. They’re also at .256 with RISP after going 1 for 6. Alex Rodriguez is 19 of 80 (.238) with RISP after leaving four more runners on tonight.
“The one thing I like: Iâ€™m swinging at strikes. Iâ€™m putting my swing on it,” A-Rod said.
Several of you sharp-eyed readers e-mailed to ask why Mike Mussina had his uniform pants up tonight. The credit goes to 4-year-old Peyton Mussina, who told his father he would hit better that way.
Sure enough, the Moose was 1 for 2 and became the only Yankee pitcher to get a hit this season. The hurlers were 1 for 18 with no RBI and three sacrifices. So much for all that batting practice.
The Moose is 9 for 52 in his career. Too bad he can’t play center.