The Yankees have been living well all postseason – getting big hits to make up for missed opportunities and dramatic victories that rendered Joe Girardi’s curious decisions irrelevant. Tonight was the night it ended.
Girardi will face all types of heat for how he handled his pitchers – most especially the Dave Robertson vs. Alfredo Aceves call – and the Yankees hitters, particularly the bottom of the order, deserve a ton of criticism, too. Instead of having a lock on the series at 3-0, the Yankees are only up 2-1 with a starter on three-days rest going to the mound in Game 4.
Another strong start from CC Sabathia will make things look better for the Yankees, but for now they’ll go to sleep wondering about what might have been. As good as they felt at the end of Game 2, that’s how tough it was to be on the other side of a walkoff in Game 3. The postgame clubhouse was absolutely hushed.
“When you lose,” Jorge Posada said, “you look forward to tomorrow.”
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