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Postgame notes: Stunned again in Texas

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Sep 12, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Rangers BaseballThe Yankees had finally gotten the big hit. One three-run double from Alex Rodriguez would be enough to overcome yet another night of missed opportunities. Kerry Wood would get the Yankees through the bottom of the eighth, and Mariano Rivera would come in to do what he always does. It was going to be a good win.

It became an absolutely brutal loss.

“It’s one of those games that, it bothers you if it doesn’t go the way you want it to,” Rivera said. “The first guy is setting the tone, and I walked the guy.”

A lead-off walk in the ninth started the unraveling. The most stunning hit-by-pitch I’ve ever seen ended it. In between there was the RBI double that tied the game, but that was a ground ball that found the right spot. The shocking part of this loss came from the man who was one the mound, the pitch that ended it and the fact that an inning earlier Rodriguez seemed to have made up for yet another night of too many runners left on base.

“It seemed really big at the time,” Joe Girardi said. “Then we got through (the bottom of) the eighth. We had another chance to score in the ninth, and we’re not able to do it. We’ve left some runners on base. We’ve done a good job getting runners on base this series, but we’ve struggled getting them in.”

In two games, they’ve stranded 32 base runners. More than Chad Gaudin on Friday and Rivera tonight, that number is the reason the Yankees have lost two in a row.

Here’s Rivera.

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Yankees Rangers Baseball• Brett Gardner is hurt. He has an injured right wrist that has bothered him off and on since he was hit by a pitch in Los Angeles on June 27. “Nothing that I’ve done in the past few days or past few weeks has really aggravated it,” he said. “I can’t really point to one thing in particular, whether I jammed it on base or a weird swing or anything like that, it’s probably just from swinging the bat every day and it just hasn’t gotten any better.”

• Gardner is hoping to get an MRI while the team is in Tampa. He said he didn’t ask out of tonight’s game, but he had mentioned to Kevin Long that his wrist was hurting tonight and when Girardi was asked about taking Gardner out, he specifically said it was because of the wrist. Both Girardi and Gardner seemed to think the injury was manageable. Girardi was not planning to play Gardner tomorrow anyway.

• Girardi got agitated when asked about pitching Rivera after he threw two innings on Friday. “Because he didn’t throw a lot of pitches,” Girardi said. “I don’t know how many times I have to say it. He threw 23 pitches.” Rivera said pitching yesterday had nothing to do with tonight. “I was feeling really good today,” he said. “It’s not that. It’s that you go in there and walk the first guy, anything can happen.”

• Girardi said he pinch hit Marcus Thames for Austin Kearns in the ninth because Thames has had success against Alexi Ogando. Thames was 2-for-3 with a double against him.

• Nick Swisher fell making a throw from right field, but Girardi said Swisher’s fine.

• Girardi admitted that his bullpen will be a little thin tomorrow, but said, “We have some guys who can still give us some distance.” Sergio Mitre hasn’t thrown the past two days, but Girardi said Mitre is fine.

• Both A.J. Burnett and Girardi were encouraged by Burnett’s outing. His command wasn’t perfect, but Girardi said he considered this a step in the right direction. “I didn’t think my command was that bad today,” Burnett said. “Only with two outs, when you don’t want it to be bad.”

• Francisco Cervelli has reached base in eight of nine plate appearances this series.

Associated Press photos of Francoeur and Burnett with Cervelli





31 Responses to “Postgame notes: Stunned again in Texas”

  1. Captain Clutch September 12th, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Prepare for a lot of Moseley and Mitre on Sunday, with a helping of Joba as the potential closer.

    Oh great that looks like a receipe for success…Joba in the 9th inning…

  2. theREALkevin September 12th, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Well, at least no one can blame derek jeter for this one.

  3. CR9 September 12th, 2010 at 2:59 am

    The umpires have the largest effect on the Yankees. It’s so clear and simple to see. Yes, the umpires affect all teams, but they affect the Yankees more than any other team. There is absolutely no doubt. They cheated us out of both these games. Yes, Mariano didnt have it tonight. But we would never have been in that position if once again, our batters and pitchers weren’t cheated all night.

    This happens too often, and nobody cares. Nobody cares, nobody but me and a select few others in my personal life that I have influenced with years of complaining. I really dont want it to take years of complaining before you all catch on.

    You are all Yankees fans; it’s time you realize what the umpires are and what their goals are.

    Something needs to be done about these people, whether it be some sort of picket against them, or some sort of petition.

    How about a video documenting, the 200, 000 bad calls that have gone against us this season being sent to MLB offices and perhaps to a prominent lawyer that could sue MLB for cheating us.

    Something needs to be done. Anything needs to be done. They can no longer be allowed to get away with the corruption that they practice nearly every night.

    It just cant happen any longer

  4. Captain Clutch September 12th, 2010 at 3:04 am

    In two games, they’ve stranded 32 base runners

    That is absolutely unreal. The Rangers have pitched every AAA pitcher they can find in this series and the Yanks haven’t gotten a big hit against any of them. That’s really pathetic. Bases loaded and they get nothing and a runner on 3rd and they get nothing. The game was basically lost right there. They are soo bad with getting a runner in from 3rd it’s not even funny.

  5. Wang IS Taiwan September 12th, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Girardi gets SO defensive (“agitated”) when he’s questioned on bad moves he knows he shouldn’t have made. He’ll never, ever admit to perhaps making the wrong move…and Mo is never gonna put it on the manager.

  6. theREALkevin September 12th, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Cr9, even if the yankees do receive more blown calls than any other team, there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Its no secret mlb employs the worst officials of any sport but unfortunately any job standards are nonexistant. I mean if bob davidson is still employed there’s no hope. You’ll just have to wait for a new commish. And besides, didn’t the yanks win it all last year? I guess they overcame the umping in 2009 right? The simple truth is thet just have to play better. The talent is there, despite what anyone says.

  7. CR9 September 12th, 2010 at 3:06 am


    32 base runners stranded due to HP umpires changing and affecting at bats. Why do you think the Yankees have trouble getting runners in from 3rd and less than 2 out.

    1. HP Umpire putting us behind in the count early. Once a hitter falls behind 0-1, 0-2, the hitter is at an enormous disadvantage.

    2. Bad luck. For example, the Jorge liner in the first game of this series that was right at the drawn in infield on a 2-0 count.

  8. CR9 September 12th, 2010 at 3:11 am


    Yes, we overcame the umpires in 2009. But, why should we have to overcome the umpires to win? We couldnt overcome them in years 2001-2008. That’s 8 years that we could have won 3 or 4 World Series had we been treated fairly. We could be talking about getting number 32 this year instead of number 28. Just because we won last year doesn’t make it alright for bias to exist. Something has to be done. I can deal with incompetence of umpires; I cant deal with intentional bias.

    And you all can blame balls and strikes on incompetence all you want, but the bottom line is – our pitchers do not receive the same strike zones as our opposition. That’s it. When Mariano Rivera doesnt get calls right down the middle, but Pedro Strop, Pedro Strop, Pedro Strop receives all sorts of calls off the plate, there is something seriously wrong, and it aint incompetence.

    Yes, please mention the Mauer double last year. Because that was incompetence. And in the end, they had bases loaded with nobody out. Michael Kay’s fallacy of predetermined outcome says that you cant assume the base hit after the Mauer “double”

  9. CR9 September 12th, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Oh, well. Whatever. None of you people are ever going to listen anyway.

    If we lose this year in the postseason, all I’ll read on here is about how the Yankees couldnt score on the road or how Girardi mismanaged games, or how the offense was inconsistent, or how Phil Hughes cant put batters away, or how Joba Chamberlain is crap, or how Jeter is losing it, or how Alex and Swish are injured, or how Granderson cant hit lefties.

    But in the end, the real reason why we dont win most years is because of the umpiring. (sans 2008)

    And if Joe West got his way in last year’s World Series Game 6, we wouldnt have won last year either. Thankfully, Pettitte and Matsui had something to say about it.

  10. theREALkevin September 12th, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Cr the umps suck across baseball- watch other games that don’t involve the yankees and you’ll see that. Do the yanks get hosed more often though? Is there bias sometimes? Maybe. But its not much different than the yanks always getting every teams best shot and having guys play over their heads against them. I’m not condoning the umps, they’re garbage all over baseball and its just something u have to deal with. The yankees don’t have control over that. They can and should only worry about things things they can control- like playing better. You get even 3 more runs in out of the THIRTY TWO they left on base and they’re 2 and O this series. U can’t put that on the umps no matter how much they suck.

  11. CR9 September 12th, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Kevin – I dont even care anymore. Im so tired of reading the same responses. When you see Pedro Strop receiving calls that Mariano Rivera isnt receiving, then you should know there is a problem besides incompetence. I understand that not all 32 of the stranded baserunners can be directly blamed on the HP umpire. However, in all likelihood, some of them could be directly blamed on and all 32 could probably be indirectly blamed on the HP umpire for changing the complexion of at bats. I repeat, when Pedro Strop receives calls off the plate and Mariano Rivera doesnt receive calls that are right down the middle, there’s a problem. When Andy Pettitte has to throw the ball right down the middle in Game 6 of the World Series to receive strikes and Pedro Martinez can throw the ball into the stands and receive strikes, there’s a problem.

  12. CR9 September 12th, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Goodnight. It was just one game. We’ll turn things around. I pray tonight that I wake up tomorrow to a fair sports world. One in which umpires/referees can put aside bias and treat all teams equally. The start of football season, the start of the final stretch of the baseball regular season.

  13. Captain Clutch September 12th, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Girardi is obviously not as fiery as we thought. If he was he would of got thrown out of yesterday’s game and screamed at the umps in this game. Every team gets their share of bad calls but the umps in this series have clearly been one sided. The 1st pitch to Posada with the bases loaded wasn’t close to a strike and then he hit into the double play with on a 3-2 count. So if the at bat went the same he should of walked. Just like Tex yesterday with the 3-0 count right before Alex walked and then Cano hit the double and they wound up not scoring. Today Robertson threw 2 pitches that weren’t called strikes and they clearly were and that runner walked and then scored. Even in the 9th inning Mo threw a pitch right down the middle to Vlad and it was called a ball. Mo had nothing tonight so he still might of walked him but the strike zone has not be equal in this series.

  14. Crash September 12th, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I agree with Girardi. Mo only threw 23 pitches the night before and he didn’t pitch in 5 days before Fridays game. You had a 1 run lead you had to go to Mariano it was a no brainer.

  15. theREALkevin September 12th, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Cr clearly you can’t be reasoned with. I think you are overstating any possible bias. I’m done. My advice would be though for ur own sake to stop stressing yourself out about it. It won’t accomplish anything. At least get upset @ the yankees- despite the hugest bias in the world, the yankees still have more control over the outcome of the game than the umps do. And if u don’t believe that, you’re just wrong.

  16. Carl September 12th, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Mo is 40 and it is hot as hell in Texas.

  17. ChokeXOnXFailure September 12th, 2010 at 4:10 am

    “We left some runners on base”.

    SOME runners, Joe? SOME runners? GTFOH. We left the population of a mid-sized village on the bases the last 2 nights.

  18. Nutball Gazette September 12th, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Red Sox not out of this, The way the Yankees are hitting in big situations and the pitching, The Red Sox may need to only go 10-10 to bypass the Yankees in the standings,

  19. Yankee44 September 12th, 2010 at 7:42 am

    32 left on base? That has to be some kind of (sad) record or something. :P

  20. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 12th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Joe Girardi remains the idiot. Because we have another HUGE game today, and he pitched 2 innings, WHO CARES about the pitch count !, and we are starting a HUGE 9 game road trip, a NOT SO CRAZY move is to simply bring out the 0.51 ERA of Kerry Wood and see how he fares. Umps have ALWAYS screwed the Yankees and it will never stop. That is why when the Yankees win a championship it is so special. They beat the umps, the fans that flock to see opposing teams on the road and every team in MLB that treats a game against the Yankees as a one game playoff. They need to find a way to get to Cliff Lee early and often and finally get a starter on his A game. I won’t give up until the last out is made today, but we have the toughest of hills to climb not only against Texas today, but when we face a MUCH better team in Tampa next. NEVER SAY DIE ! ;-)

  21. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 12th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    …oh, and with the way Joe is managing down the stretch here, I would be AMAZED if the Yankees get 100 wins and actually don’t limp into the playoffs as the Wild Card. SUCH a swing that falls squarely on Poor Decisions by Mr. Ego causing us to 5 out of 6 after winning 8 straight. He REALLY needs to start looking for Real Estate in the Chicago Suburbs….Bye Joe, can’t say we really enjoyed the way you used what little brains you have ! :-(

  22. 108 stitches September 12th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    There’s peaks and valleys to every season but stranding 32 runners in 2 games is completely unacceptable. Clutch hitting seens to have gone the way of the dinosaur and while it goes on, the bullpen is getting overworked.
    Maybe reaching a low point now will see the team find itself and carry it through the playoffs.
    Both of these Texas games could have been won but doing the required extra is lacking.

  23. Doreen September 12th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Trisha -

    Are you awake. Need a like-minded, calm person here this morning. :)

    I was too tired to watch the game last night and went to bed very early.

    Needless to day, disappointed by the loss, but I don’t understand how anyone can question bringing in Mo to save a game, ever.

    Leaving all those guys on base stinks, but the bottom line is ARod did eventually get the job done and they did have a lead.

    Two heart-breaking losses.

    But today’s another day, and the season is not lost.

    And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with getting into the playoffs as the Wild Card team, if that’s the way they get in. I don’t mind that Girardi is trying to keep his troops as healthy as possible for the final push in the post-season. I’d rather finish as the wild card, but ready to go, than push for a set number of wins and a meaningless HFA (yes, I said meaningless, because it is unless there is a 5th or 7th game) and nothing left for the playoff games to be played.

  24. SAS September 12th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    My name is Trisha,

    I slept during the rain delay and a bit more, but I did see the end of the game. It was a weird ending. Hopefully, we can pull this last game out.

    Girardi was kind of bizarre in his machinations…almost trying to keep up with Ron Washington. I will be glad to leave Texas for this go round.

  25. SAS September 12th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    meant to say: my name isn’t Trisha.

  26. upstate kate September 12th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Hi Doreen and SAS
    I was hesitant to even check in today…
    I couldn’t stay awake any longer, so I recorded the end of the game, but after I saw the results, I didn’t watch it :(
    99 out of 100 times, Mo would have won that game…there would have been a lot more criticism if anyone else was brought in.
    Hopefully today is a better day…Lee is just coming off the DL, so who knows how he will be.

  27. Doreen September 12th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    SAS -

    Good morning. You may not be Trisha, but you are a calm person here! :)

    How long was the rain delay?

    Were there a lot of substitutions in the game? I didn’t read the game thread and didn’t see the game.

  28. blake September 12th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Terrible loss last night. Anytime the Yankees lose a game where Rivera gives up the lead…it usually doesn’t bother me because I just feel like its fated that they lose if Mo gives it up. However, there were many reasons the Yankees lost last night and Rivera just wasn’t himself…I said it Friday as well but it made absolutley no sense to throw Rivera a second inning in a tie game in the first game of a series….if you do then you had better win the ballgame to make it worth it. The Yanks didn’t, were forced to use a fatigued Rivera yesterday, and he likely won’t be available for the final game of the series now.

    I like Girardi a lot as a manager but have to agree with those saying he’s having a bad week…because he is.

    Yanks still control their own destiny though as they have 7 games remaining with Tampa…those could ultimately decide it.

  29. Purenyyankee September 12th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    As I have said MANY times, we won last year DESPITE this idiot Stump Girardi. The Marlins owner ran him out of town for a reason. He just doesn’t get it. Its a domino effect with the bullpen. Over use. Under use. How does Hughes NOT pitch 2 or even 3 innings Friday? They are skipping his start. That screwed him up the last time. So why only 1 inning. Mo pitches 2 innings in a tie game was plain old stupid. Did it have an effect last night? I think it did. Regardless, no way Mo is available today. Stump is a bully with the media when they call him on a move. We got luck with the Swisher HR or this would be a major tailspin.I thought we were getting “Billy Martin” when they hired this guy last year. I was wrong, we got “Stump Merrill.”.

  30. SAS September 12th, 2010 at 9:17 am


    I skimmed it. As usual a number of the idiots were out because it was Saturday night, making is slightly more sane.

    Yes, Girardi kept substituting and the Rangers have 12 relief pitchers. I didn’t understand some of the substituttions on both sides. It seems to me that only a small number of players be allowed to be called up. What Texas has done is ridiculous, and they are 2 games to the good for all their changes.

    Our guys are battered and bruised at this point. They could use a few days off…not going to happen but…..

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