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Postgame notes: “Can’t say we didn’t have our chances”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Apr 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees got lucky. A dropped line drive was very nearly a triple play, but a routine throw sailed into right field, and instead the inning coming to abrupt end, it was just getting started. Down by one run in the bottom of the fifth, the Yankees had the bases loaded with no outs and the heart of the order coming to the plate.

From that moment, the Yankees seemed unable to take advantage of anything.

They twice had the bases loaded with less than two outs and couldn’t get the ball out of the infield. Dave Robertson had Jose Bautista picked off between first and second and made the first error of his career. Three other relievers pitched three scoreless innings, but the Yankees stranded runner after runner, including a pair of leadoff walks.

“You can’t say we didn’t have our chances,” Nick Swisher said. “Because we had a lot of them tonight.”

The at-bats that truly hurt were the four with the bases loaded. Aside from Derek Jeter, who struck out on a pitch out of the zone — “I chased a bad pitch,” he said — the other three bases-loaded attempts were decided on one pitch.

Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez had their chances after that fifth-inning error. Both swung at fastballs inside. Teixeira popped his up. Rodriguez rolled his into a double play.

“He just threw a good inside fastball,” Teixeira said. “I didn’t get the head out… Just a bad at-bat.”

Swisher’s chance came immediately after Jeter’s strikeout. An error and two walks had loaded the bases, and Swisher went to the plate looking for a fastball. He got one, and he sent a routine grounder to first.

“It had more sink than I expected,” he said. “Just rolled it over.”

Here’s Robertson speaking after the game.

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And here’s Joe Girardi.

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• Another big game from Robinson Cano who was 2-for-3 with two walks and two home runs. It was his seventh career multi-homer game, and his first since one year ago to the day (April 29, 2010 in Baltimore).

• Robertson said his mistake was a simple matter of not setting his feet. He was thinking about Rajai Davis at third base and tried to turn quickly to throw to second. “That split second where I didn’t turn to set my feet, then I threw it into center field, it cost us some runs,” Robertson said. “… I screwed up tonight. There’s no one else to blame except me.”

• The two runs charged to Robertson were his first runs of the season.

• Scary moment in the third inning when Teixeira hit a sure single up the middle, only to see Ricky Romero catch it before it hit Romero in the head. “I’m glad I didn’t (get a hit), really,” Teixeira said. “I’m glad he caught it. If he doesn’t get his glove up there, it might have been ugly.”

• Freddy Garcia said he didn’t have a good feel for the ball tonight. “I just couldn’t throw a strike,” he said. This was easily his worst start of the year — five walks, 12 base runners in five innings — but he really did a nice job limiting the damage. Two home runs drove in the only runs on his watch.

• Garcia left frustrated with himself, but he also left feeling what many Yankees fans must have felt. “With this lineup I know we’re going to score some runs,” he said. “It didn’t happen today, but it’s part of the game.”

• Teixeira said his shoulder wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough. “I still felt it a little bit,” he said. “But it didn’t keep me from swinging, so that’s a really good sign.”

• Alex Rodriguez has had three hits and six strikeouts in the past five games, but Girardi seemed surprised to hear a question about his clean-up hitter struggling the past few days. “It’s what you go through as a hitter,” he said. Girardi said he doesn’t believe there’s any lingering impact from the oblique injury.

• Eleven men left on base was a season-high for the Yankees.

• The Yankees announced tonight that they’ve donated $500,000 to the tornado relief in the southern United States. Of the total, $250,000 will go to the Salvation Army and $250,000 to the Red Cross.

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43 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Can’t say we didn’t have our chances””

  1. YankeesNmore April 30th, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Somebody actually said “don’t throw jeter pitches he can handle…”

    That’s easy. There AREN’T any pitches he can handle. The guy has been getting the bat knocked out of his hands by in-the-zone fastballs since last June.

    If you look at the way opp pitchers attack (and I mean ATTACK) jeter, and how he still can’t come CLOSE to driving ANYTHING, you know he’s done.

    And again, this is nothing new. Jeter has been just like this virtualy every night since last June.

  2. Ys Guy April 30th, 2011 at 1:11 am

    this used to be a good blog for yankees fans. now we are almost all gone. whiners and crybabies have taken over and chased out the yankees fans and this blog has become a place for whiners and crybabies.

  3. Ys Guy April 30th, 2011 at 1:11 am

    waaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

  4. Ys Guy April 30th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    they didnt win today waaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!
    they didnt win by enough today waaaaahhhh!!!!!!
    they are in first place but not by enough wahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Ys Guy April 30th, 2011 at 1:13 am

    fair weather fans are not fans at all

  6. Bo knows April 30th, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Bases loaded, four at bats, all swung at the first pitch, Teix – up and in, A Rod – up and in, out of the strike zone. Jeter – down and away, out of the strike zone. In passing – seventy mil in salaries, leaders of the club. Chances of production on those three swings – minuscule to none. The question is – What the hell were they swinging at? Swisher – rolled over, again.

    I could see some marginal player doing that, getting overexcited but these are elite. They’re playing some ugly baseball lately.

  7. MoRings42 April 30th, 2011 at 1:52 am

    “The Yankees got lucky.”

    How? They lost… and a loss is a loss. I’m not sure how you start off a blog post with that. It’s not like the Yankees are the Mets and there are good losses, bad losses and we’ll get ‘em next year losses.

  8. Jerkface April 30th, 2011 at 2:06 am

    How? They lost… and a loss is a loss.

    Its describing the situation that occurred at the time, when the Yankees got lucky to have their first bases loaded opportunity but squandered it, setting the tone ofr the rest of the match.

  9. Bo knows April 30th, 2011 at 2:36 am

    I think it was last year second half of the season when this ugly became noticeable, inability to drive in runs. All I want is a professional at bat, high percentage returns, at worst, hit a fly ball. These were low percentage, stat padding at bats. Girardi did his best to defend them but everyone knew the situation.

    Yes, the Yankees were lucky, it should have been a triple play.

  10. MoRings42 April 30th, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Yeah, that’s still not luck.

    That’s like hitting the previous number on every winning number on a mega millions ticket. You still have nothing to show for it.

    Maybe.. They had their chances or breaks? But Luck? I think there needs to be some result for that.. unless again, you’re the mets.

  11. Niki April 30th, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Chad – Thanks for all the Cervelli info in the pregame notes.

  12. Pat M. April 30th, 2011 at 7:10 am

    What everyone is getting hung up about is the loss scoring opportunities…..Yes they sting of course, but games are won with defense and pitching and in a game like tonight you have to look at Robertson’s brain cramp on the come-backer….That’s where this game was lost…..The bases loaded chances was where the game could have been won, but that’s not why the got a L…….Rather than focusing on the individuals like Jeter, Gardner, Posada which is not what baseball is about, but rather key in on the larger picture which is that our Bronx Bombers are letting valuable home games slip away….Because come August & September when they will be living out of a suitcase they and we can look back at this favorable part of the schedule with regrets

  13. MTU April 30th, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Pat M.-

    Good morning. Hardly ever see you around these parts this early.

    Last night was a team loss. Plenty of blame to go around.

    I agree with you about the need to pile up victories in the favorable
    portion of the schedule.

    Really sorry about YMH. I am sure you are plenty concerned as am I.

  14. rr212 April 30th, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Totally agree about not taking advantage of all these home games. What do they have, 28 home games after the ASB?

  15. MTU April 30th, 2011 at 7:23 am

    And in other news.

    Both of the Yankees chief competitors lost.

    They are still in 1st place.

    They can still take the series with Toronto.

    :)

  16. Pat M. April 30th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    MTU….Sleepless night in Newport Beach……Everryclub will lose a close one now and then, it just seems to me that we’re losing too many that slipped away through our hands….And as these games add up, they will be called back to light during September’s stretch run………And we haven’t cross the Coninental Divede as of yet

  17. MTU April 30th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Pat M.-

    I’ve heard of sleepless in Seattle but not the one in Newport Beach.

    Anyway. Good to have a solid baseball Man around in the AM.

    Haven’t seen SJ posting in quite some time ?

    It’s ironic that our BP, which was supposed to be our great strength,
    has let us down lately.

    Still gotta believe it will be one of our biggest assets going forward.

  18. MTU April 30th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Pat M.-

    I’ve got to start getting ready for a hike soon. Gonna lead another group of rubes, I mean hikers, into no man’s land today.

    Since you’re around I just wanted to say that I can still remember you welcoming me onto the blog.

    It was your kindness and decency that made an impression.

    Too bad that there isn’t more of that. There were some incredibly good baseball discussions brought about by yourself and others.

    Learned a lot from the likes of you and others.

    I say this to you now because one wonders how long some will choose to stick around.

    I guess what I’m really trying to say is thanks.

    :)

  19. blake April 30th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Yanks made mistakes and couldn’t get the big hit last night….its as simple as that. The Red Sox lost to Seattle at home……the Jays always give the Yankees fits.

    The Yankees aren’t going to win every game by 10 runs which is what some expect…..they are going to lose 65-70 this year

  20. blake April 30th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Actually they’ll probably only lose 60-65 games.

  21. blake April 30th, 2011 at 8:16 am

    One thing that has to change is how they pitch a Bautista. They just can’t continue to let him beat them like he has the last 2 years…..the rest of that lineup just isn’t good enough to.justify it.

    He’s a dead pull hitter that stands on the plate…..so he makes the outside corner almost middle to him. You have to pound him inside and you have to make sure you get the ball inside and not leave it where he can extend his arms. Throw in there with conviction and if you hit him so be it…..its better than the alternative and maybe he’ll back off a little next time. They have to make him love his feet and be uncomfortable because rich now he’s just standing on the plate and swinging out of his shoes.

  22. blake April 30th, 2011 at 8:16 am

    “Move” his feet.

  23. Pat M. April 30th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    MTU….Enjoy your trek into the wilds, and thank you for your kind words…..Spoke with SJ about a week ago, and like so many here, there visits will not be as frequent as they once were……For me it’ll be the ladies I’ll miss the most….Thngs have chaged around here

  24. blake April 30th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Pat M,

    That’s a fact. If the Yanks don’t win by at least 5 runs then its non stop nonsense most of the time.

    MTU,

    Enjoy you’re hike bud ….watch for creatures win no legs ;)

  25. MTU April 30th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Pat M.-

    Thanks. Will do. Tell SJ I said hello. Hope you get some rest.

    Blake-

    There sometimes seems to be more danger in here than out there.

    Have a great day.

    ;)

  26. Pat M. April 30th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    MTU…Will do….Later folks

  27. blake April 30th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    MTU,

    Probably so

  28. joeman April 30th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    this team has played a lot of home games so far….16 of 23 games( at home) with a 14-9 record

  29. Wang IS Taiwan April 30th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    MTU — I don’t usually have the time to post (or even read through the comments), but I have noticed the ladies are gone. Can you tell me what happened? What did I miss?

  30. Wang IS Taiwan April 30th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Pat M.

    …our Bronx Bombers are letting valuable home games slip away….Because come August & September when they will be living out of a suitcase they and we can look back at this favorable part of the schedule with regrets.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    This is exactly what I’ve been thinking lately. The Yanks schedule is pretty horrific later this season, and they’re blowing some “easy” ones early. It hurts to watch… Of course “easy” is a relative word, isn’t it?

  31. joeman April 30th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    really never looked at schedule this year…only 20 home games total in Aug & Sept

  32. joeman April 30th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    never looked at top of page…..this was talked about already..sorry

  33. MTU April 30th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Wang-

    They were stalked. Personal info. was released, and so they left.

    Really a shame.

    Doreen was an original to the blog. Sweet Lady.

    Erica taught us everything their is to know about Muppets, and had an incomparable sense of humor.

    Though it wasn’t pure baseball 24 x 7 IMO it was fun. It added a dimension.

    I miss all of them.

    That’s about it FWIS.

  34. yankeefeminista April 30th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Good morning, MTU and morning LoHudders.

    This site is woefully lacking of late.

    Manuelito is pitching tonight; I am hoping to attend. Trenton is a near sell-out. However, the little pitcher still sits anonymously in the stands, charting pitches. So his mlb outings having translated to milb recognition. Last night, I watched Betances pitch and lifted velocities from Manuelito’s radar gun (Trenton doesn’t post them). Betances looked good in first outing off the DL, but only threw about 60 pitches, sitting 91-94, mostly 93, topped out at 96-7, and mostly threw fastballs. If I attend tonight’s game, I will provide a report on Manuelito.

  35. joeman April 30th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    had a choice right now rather have Tex or AGone for the next 5 years

  36. yankeefeminista April 30th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    *haven’t* translated

  37. joeman April 30th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    # MTU April 30th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Wang-

    They were stalked. Personal info. was released, and so they left.

    Really a shame.

    Doreen was an original to the blog. Sweet Lady.

    Erica taught us everything their is to know about Muppets, and had an incomparable sense of humor.

    Though it wasn’t pure baseball 24 x 7 IMO it was fun. It added a dimension.

    I miss all of them.

    That’s about it FWIS.
    ————————————-
    how does that info get out

  38. MTU April 30th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    YF-

    That’s great. I really appreciate it. I’m sure others who don’t get the up close and personal do too.

    Gotta run.

    Have an excellent day and enjoy watching El Prodigio tonite.

    :)

  39. yankeefeminista April 30th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    MTU, lol, will do. Enjoy your hike! :)

  40. joeman April 30th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    really don’t have to offer up much info on profile page….unless there are other ways to get info

  41. Wang IS Taiwan April 30th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    MTU — oh, wonder how that happened? Creepy.

    I found this blog about four months after Pete started it (used my real name early on), and I do think you have to be careful, but wow — you’d think posting to a sports blog would be harmless. Crazies abound in this world. That’s just a sad fact.

    We’ve never had such a large number of regular posters leave at the same time, so I wondered what had happened to instigate such a mass departure.

    I do miss Doreen. She was great. I learned how to make a better cheesecake thanks to her tips.

    Well, darn. Thanks for letting me know.

    Have a great hike!

  42. Wang IS Taiwan April 30th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Joeman — VERY good question. I’m very suprised Chad hasn’t addressed this. Pete would have been on it immediately.

  43. joeman April 30th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I do have my email address on it but I’m the only one to look at it unless the peeps running the blog got that info out by mistake


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