When Luke Scott hit that sixth-inning fly ball, he slammed his bat to the ground. Everyone in the ballpark seemed to think it was a routine fly, but Nick Swisher just kept going back. From the grass, to the track, the wall, Swisher jumped but couldn’t make the catch and Scott had an easy triple.
“I thought he popped it up, then I saw his reaction,” A.J. Burnett said. “Next thing I knew he was on third.”
Miguel Tejada followed with an RBI double and the Orioles had their 4-3 lead.
Swisher said he’d like to see a replay. He thought he had it until the ball was rolling away. That triple and the two-run first inning — when Brunett hit three batters including one who struck out on the pitch — seemed like the low points of the game, but Burnett was more upset about the Scott Moore home run in the fifth.
“It was pretty much a middle cut,” he said. “We all know what they do with them when they middle cut. I can deal with hitting guys in the foot, I guess, because the hook was down and in. I got one swing on it, so that’s kind of funny.”
Given the A-Rod injury and such, it’s probably more important to hear Joe Girardi’s postgame interview than Burnett’s. Here’s Girardi.
• Some discussion about whether Alex Rodriguez should have been in the lineup in the first place given the fact his groin was already bothering him. Girardi said it’s not especially unusual for a player to feel tight before first pitch and trust that the game will loosen up the muscles. Rodriguez said he thought about taking himself out of the lineup, but he’d gotten loose the past two nights and believed it would happen again.
• Jorge Posada said he believes he could catch this weekend, but he’s not sure the Yankees are going to let him. “Everything feels good,” he said. So what’s left for him to do behind the plate? “Play in a game,” he said.
• Two passed balls tonight: “The second one was my fault,” Burnett said. “I missed a sign. The first one just got away.”
• Girardi said it was Burnett’s fastball command that hurt him tonight. Burnett said the curveball was his problem in the first inning, but after that the curveball was good for him. “You’ve got to get ahead,” he said. “Getting behind, an aggressive team will get ya.”
• Who bats cleanup if Rodriguez can’t play tomorrow? “We’ll make that decision tomorrow,” Girardi said. He mentioned Cano, Posada and Swisher as candidates. He said Teixeira will stay in the No. 3 hole.
• Two quick tidbits on Rodriguez: This is the first he remembers having soreness on the right side since his surgery, and he said the hip feels fine, it’s only the groin that bothers him.
• Depressing Orioles stat of the night: This was their first multi-run first inning since May 22.
• Mark Teixeira was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout. His batting average is now a season-high .226.
• Curtis Granderson hit his third triple of the season.
• Chan Ho Park has been better lately. Tonight he pitched a hitless inning with two strikeouts.
• Derek Jeter has now reached base in 28 straight games, the longest streak in the major leagues this season. That guy is so washed up!
Associated Press photos of Swisher, Jeter and Teixeira, and Moeller’s play at the plate.