Although the Yankees saw their winning streak come to an end, they did continue a streak of a different kind: Last night was the ninth straight game in which the Yankees did not commit an error.
Not surprisingly, the Yankees are 21-5 this year when they play a clean defensive game, and last night it wasn’t just routine plays they were making – it was exceptional ones.
Earlier this season I was hearing from readers (and listening to callers on the radio) complaining about how Mark Teixeira wasn’t doing enough to save bad throws from other infielders and/or wasn’t covering enough range, but I’d say last night was a pretty good example of why he’s thought of as a superior fielder. If he doesn’t make a diving stop in the first inning, the Yankees are probably out of the game even earlier; he then made another one a few innings later. The Yankees also got a terrific grab from Robinson Cano going up the middle to start a double play.
Sure, the Phillies made some great plays in the field too — I’d be curious to see how the game was different if they don’t make that perfect relay to the plate to get Johnny Damon in the first inning — and ultimately, the Yankees came up short for the first time in awhile. But there’s no question that a big key to Yankees starting another winning streak is for them to continue this run of error-less baseball.
I’m headed out for the day shortly. Hope everyone enjoys the start to the weekend and I’ll check back in later on tonight. Have a great holiday!