You knew the Yankees were in trouble when A-Rod said about 10 days about that they had to treat every game like the playoffs.
Tonight was a vintage October performance for Rodriguez: 0 for 5, two strikeouts, two GIDPs and an error. He is 18 of 73 (.247) on the season with runners in scoring position this season and has one RBI in the last seven games.
The game was decided in the seventh inning when Boston rookie Justin Masterson got Rodriguez to swing weakly at a hard slider, right into a double play.
â€œIt was an awful night,â€ Rodriguez said. â€œFor me personally, it was a long night. I pretty much screwed it up any way you can screw it up.â€
Joe Girardi’s take?
â€œItâ€™s one game. Tomorrowâ€™s a new day,â€ he said with his usual optimism.
Girardi is certainly not getting fired this season, nor should be. It’s not his fault. But those who expected that he would be some fiery Billy Martin-type leader did not get what they thought.
It’s shocking how little fight the Yankees have shown in big spots this season. At this time last season, nearly to the day, the Yankees were sweeping the Red Sox and steamrolling to the playoffs.
Now they need to find a way to win the final two games of this series just to make the final few weeks interesting.
By the way, Toronto has A.J. Burnett lined up for Friday and Roy Halladay for Sunday. Then comes a 10-day road trip. It’s not going to get easier.
â€œWe are definitely digging ourselves a big trench to climb out of,â€ said Johnny Damon.