Ian Kennedy gave up more hits (nine) than he got outs (six). But he didn’t think he pitched poorly.
â€œI felt like I made some good pitches,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m not too upset about it. â€¦ What was it, a bunch of singles and three doubles? Iâ€™m just not real upset about it. Iâ€™m just going to move on and Iâ€™ve already done that.â€
Those comments will not be popular among his teammates or within the front office.
Joe Girardi said after the game that Kennedy is in the rotation and needs to pitch better against the Twins on Wednesday. But what Kennedy said tonight could change that.
It’s important to have a short memory when you’re a major leaguer. We’ve heard Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter say that 1,000 times. It’s quite another to get shelled and act like it doesn’t matter. Andy Pettitte would have been trying to drown himself in the whirlpool after a game like that.
It will be interesting to see how Girardi handles this. There are plenty of managers who would put the rookie on the first flight back to the minors.
Meanwhile, the Yankees turn their lonely eyes to Dan Giese for a nationally televised game against Fox tomorrow. Hold on tight, this road trip is just getting started.