Joe Mauer sliced a ball down the left-field line to lead off the top of the 11th inning. The score was 3-3 at the time and the Twins were trying to overcome another dramatic ninth inning at the Bronx.
Mauer’s ball landed as Melky Cabrera ran toward the line. Left field umpire Phil Cuzzi ruled the ball foul, but replays showed it was clearly fair. The umpires watched a replay after the game and crew chief Tim Tschida admitted a mistake had been made.
Here’s what Tschida had to say tonight:
Mauer went on to single in the at-bat and the Twins eventually loaded the bases. David Robertson escaped the no-out, bases-loaded jam and Mark Teixeira hit a the game-winning homer to lead off the bottom of the inning.
A beat up Mauer just talked to some reporters. He seemed crushed by the loss but took the blown call by stride. As Ron Gardenhire pointed out after the game, it would’ve been a different inning with Mauer on second rather than first. Jason Kubel immediately followed with a single to right, but Mauer, correct or not, pointed out that the single may not have gotten through the hole if he had been on second rather than first.
We’ll never know. What I can tell you is that Mauer handled the situation well. Here’s what he had to say:
I’ll have postgame audio from Joe Girardi, Teixeira and A-Rod in a bit.