Two interesting decisions late in the game today:
• Melky Cabrera has been Mr. Clutch for the Yankees this season, hitting .362 in “close and late” situations this season and driving in 11 runs that have either tied the game or given the team the lead after the seventh inning. Gutsy call by Joe Girardi sending Hideki Matsui up. Matsui was 5 of 10 with five RBI off Jason Frasor.
• Meanwhile, Frasor throwing a 3-2 slider to Eric Hinske was pretty gutsy, too. Hang that pitch up in the zone and maybe Hinske deposits it in right field. Props to Frasor for having confidence in the pitch. That said, it was high and away and was probably ball four.
Extending Andy Pettitte into the seventh inning was a mistake. This was one of those games where you can look back at 101 things. Bottom line: They lost and it’s off to Minnesota. You take the 5-2 homestand and move on.