Joe Girardi’s postgame press conference lasted about three minutes, and his explanation for taking out Dave Robertson and bringing in Alfredo Aceves was that the Yankees “liked the match-up better.” Asked to elaborate on that since Howie Kendrick was 1-for-2 lifetime against Robertson and had never faced Aceves, Girardi declined. Pitching coach Dave Eiland did the same. As you know, Kendrick singled and Jeff Mathis brought him home with the winning run moments later.
Of course, none of that might have been an issue if the Yankees hitters had managed to take advantage of the numerous opportunities they had. The Yankees were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and left 10 men on base.
Back with more clubhouse reaction later.