Joe Girardi talked about two significant decisions that might have cost the Yankees this afternoon. I was pretty sure I already knew answer to the first question, but I was kind of surprised at the amount of detail with which he answered the second.
Top of the eighth, two outs, runners at the corners
Why not bring in Mariano Rivera to face Aaron Hill?
“I can’t keep getting him up and down because we’re going to hurt him,” Girardi said. “I have to be really careful when I do it. He also pitched yesterday… That’s not something where we can afford to push the envelope.”
Bottom of the sixth, not outs, runners at first and second
Why not have Francisco Cervelli bunt against Brett Cecil?
“You have a slow runner (Posada) at second,” Girardi said. “You have a lefty on the mound that’s falling off toward third base. It’s got to be a perfect bunt. Cervi’s got two hits off this guy. Lefties are hitting .180 (against him) and there’s a left-hander (on deck). The wind’s blowing in. A sac fly is going to be difficult.”
Associated Press photo of Joba Chamberlain after he allowed the tying run in the eighth.