The game was tied at 1-1 with two outs and the bases loaded for Oakland’s Landon Powell in the seventh inning. Alfredo Aceves was up 0-2.
Powell is a backup catcher, a .250 hitter with 16 RBI all season. But when Aceves left a fastball too far over the plate, he hit it hard the other way for a two-run single. Oakland had a lead they added to and never gave up.
Joe Girardi thought Aceves was trying to put the pitch high. But Aceves said he was trying to go inside and it ran back in over the plate.
“I’m mad,” he said. “But that happens sometimes.”
Girardi defended leaving Andy Pettitte in the game in the inning with three right-handed hitters coming up. Pettitte said he felt fine. Obviously it’s a second guess to say he should have made the switch earlier.
Like Joe Torre did in 2007, Girardi sometimes treats Pettitte like he’s the pitcher he was seven years ago. But managers have to operate with a certain degree of trust in their veteran players.
Meanwhile, it’s Family Picnic Day on the Field. Most of the players and their families are hanging out. Kids are playing Whiffleball or soccer. A-Rod is here with his daughters and Kate Hudson. Mo is pitching to his crew in center, Johnny and Michelle Damon are getting photos taken, etc. CC Sabathia III can rake. So can Karter Chamberlain.
I’m sure some Neanderthal fans will be upset that the Yankees are having a good time after losing a game. But most players put games behind them, wins or losses, in a few minutes. A great team is going to lose 62 times. If you beat yourself up every time, it’s going to be a long season.
Thanks for reading today. I’m off tomorrow but we’ll have the lineup up by 11 a.m. or so.
UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: CC Sabathia just threw a football 50 yards in the air. Mo also pitches his kids inside.
UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: They’re playing Badlands now at the picnic. I very much approve.