So the Yankees turned a triple play, hit two home runs and got a complete game from CC Sabathia… but lost the game? “We had some weird things happen today,” Joe Girardi said.
The Yankees still won the series, and the details of a 4-2 game in April will probably be forgotten by August. Even the weird argument between Dallas Braden and Alex Rodriguez will be mostly forgotten within a month.
But the triple play will be worth remembering.
“I didn’t think that was a triple play at all,” Girardi said. “You don’t see it very often like that, where the guy has to take a step to his right and then run to the bag.”
CC Sabathia called it “just straight lucky” that Kurt Suzuki rolled over a changeup down and away. It got to Rodriguez quickly, and he went to his right to step on third base before twirling to throw to second. That’s where Robinson Cano made the quick turn.
“It feels like a double play,” Cano said. “But when you walk off the field, you see the fans giving you a standing ovation so we must have done something good.”
Here’s Girardi’s postgame session with the media.
Not such a good day for CC Sabathia, who walked six for the second time in his career. The last time was in 2004, also in Oakland.
“I was all over the place,” Sabathia said. “Didn’t really have command of anything. Changeup was decent, but that was the only thing that really kept me in the game.”
When Sabathia walked the lead-off hitter and the No. 3 hitter on four pitches in the first inning, Dave Eiland came to the mound to talk to his ace. Sabathia’s next pitch was a three-run home run by Suzuki, which stood as the difference in the game.
Sabathia’s first two walks came around to score, and his lead-off walk in the fourth — plus Cano’s throwing error — led to the A’s fourth run.
“I think I might have walked their lefties four times, and that’s just ridiculous,” Sabathia said.
• Rodriguez said he was expecting a bunt on the triple play ball. He also called his throw to second base, “a little Hail Mary.”
• Cano’s throwing error in the fourth ended a 12-game errorless streak for the Yankees.
• Mark Teixeira was 1-for-4 with a home run and seemed to hit balls hard all game. “Probably the four best at-bats I’ve had all year,” he said.
• Even with the loss, the Yankees have won each of their first five series this season. The franchise hadn’t done that since 1926. “You like to leave on a winning note,” Girardi said. “But the bottom line is we won this series and we’re going to try to win another one in Anaheim.”
• Francisco Cervelli has now started three games — all with Sabathia on the mound — and he has five hits. This was his second straight two-hit game.
• With today’s home run, Marcus Thames is batting .545 with a .909 slugging percentage against lefties this season.
• Sabathia has two complete games this season. One was a rain-shortened game, the other was a loss.
With that, I’m off to the airport to catch a flight to Los Angeles. A two hour, seven minute game on get-away day is a good thing. See you all in Anaheim.
All three pictures are from the Associated Press. The top is of Alex Rodriguez after after the triple play, and the bottom is of Robinson Cano during the triple play.