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Wild ninth inning ends Yankees’ winning streak

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Jun 28, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

On a day when the Yankees were still dealing with the aftermath of losing two of their top starting pitchers to injuries, Ivan Nova gave them the type of performance that should have provided some comfort. That was, until Joe Girardi decided to treat the ninth inning as if it were an audition, resulting in a devastating 4-3 loss to the Chicago White in Thursday’s series opener.

The Yankees entered the ninth with a 3-1 lead. Regular closer Rafael Soriano wasn’t available after pitching in four of the last five games, but rather than have set-up man David Robertson pitch the ninth, Girardi decided to use Cody Eppley.

Eppley allowed a leadoff single to Alex Rios, and was promptly replaced by Clay Rapada. Rapada got A.J. Pierzynski to ground back to the pitcher for a tailor-made double play, but Rapada threw the ball into center field. With runners on the corners, Girardi finally went to Robertson, who surrendered a three-run homer to Dayan Viciedo for the decisive blow.

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123 Responses to “Wild ninth inning ends Yankees’ winning streak”

  1. TD213 June 28th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Stop using D-Rob as a closer, he just can’t handle the 9th inning. Let him be the fireman and be done with it.

  2. Benny Blanco June 28th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Nova deserved the win tonight and JG and Bullpen blew it.

  3. RadioKev June 28th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Jeter put a good swing on it, oh well

  4. blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    “Stop using D-Rob as a closer, he just can’t handle the 9th inning. Let him be the fireman and be done with it.”

    he wasn’t used as the closer….he was brought in with a mess already started. He starts that inning the Yanks most likely win the game

  5. Ys Guy June 28th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    blake, my point was that there is likely a reason you wont ever hear as to why he didnt use drob when he normally would have under those conditions. but keeping that information under his hat is part of the manager’s job.

  6. b_widmer2 June 28th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Completely agree with TD

  7. bruceb June 28th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    What a sick way to lose. Gotta have games like this when your starter does all you could have asked of him.

  8. ET June 28th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Should have just let Nova finish the game. Can’t trust anyone in the pen except Soriano now

    Bullpen needs to be #1 priority at the deadline

  9. Ys Guy June 28th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    o well, it ended just in time for mets-dodgers.

    i love a doubleheader…..

  10. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Well the one positive is that Nova really stepped up to the plate tonight. Got lucky with some hard hit balls right at guys but the Yanks need him, Hughes, and Kuroda to pitch well. He deserved the win.

  11. Captain Clutch June 28th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    This loss is on Girardi. You don’t save guys for tomorrow and Girardi tried to get away with it and of course it hurt them. But it obvious that the 9th inning is too much for Robertson.

    It’s funny how the announcers always make it seem like it’s a big loss when Martin is hurt and can’t play. Give me a break already Stewart is a better hitter than him right now. Pinch hitting for him made absolutely no sense. Jones hasn’t played a lot recently and he is an all or nothing hitter anyway.

  12. bruceb June 28th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Bullpen has been great. Rapada just lost his head…and the game.

  13. Tabbert June 28th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I just don’t understand girardi. We just lost our two aces, which means we have to get great outings from hughes, nova, kuroda ( which we did tonight) but with a rookie and freddy garcia as our other two pitchers, you have to do whatever it takes to win games in which hughes, nova, kuroda, pitch. If anything, let nova pitch the entire game. It’s not like nova was at 130 pitches or anything. But, girardi just has to MIIILK every possible thing he can. If he knew that the bullpen was short tonight, he owes nova the right to lose that game himself. What a absolute joke. I feel horrible for nova.

  14. RSM June 28th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Very frustrating loss :(

  15. austinmac June 28th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Soriano can’t pitch every day. He was tired yesterday. If anything Robertson should have started yhe inning. Players win and players lose. They lost today by not performing in the ninth. Tomorrow is another day. Let’s hope Warren is up to it.

  16. RMike June 28th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Nova deserved that win. Damn the bullpen

    Not going to blame Joe – the house of cards was bound to fall eventually, Cash needs to replenish the talent in the pen. Robertson just also can’t control his nerves in the 9th inning, considering he does so well with men on base, it shouldn’t be a problem, but he just can’t handle closing a game out.

  17. TheStraw June 28th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Cautious Joe……

  18. Pat M. June 28th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Tough loss….Move on and play tomorrow

  19. Tabbert June 28th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Losing is one thing, but to completely choke away a game like this is another. Hopefully the bats will come out and score a serious amount of runs tomorrow.

  20. Hassey June 28th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    the cub reporters in Giro’s pressers are almost as bad as Torts’ pressers

  21. TheStraw June 28th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    At least they are grilling him about it.

  22. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I think it’s been way too small of a sample size to declare that Robertson can’t handle the 9th… didn’t Rivera blow something like 3 of this first 5 in ’97?

  23. Captain Clutch June 28th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I hate how Girard is so rude to the media when they question his moves. When you are a major league manager you have to answer why you made certain move when they don’t work out. He acts like a child sometimes.

  24. blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    “blake, my point was that there is likely a reason you wont ever hear as to why he didnt use drob when he normally would have under those conditions. but keeping that information under his hat is part of the manager’s job.”

    maybe….but if he’s available and you’ll bring him in the game in the situation he did then he should have started the inning…..now you’ve lost the game and he probably can’t pitch tomorrow either….that’s why you don’t try and “steal games” with the last guys in your bullpen in the 9th inning

  25. RS June 28th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I’m not sure how much longer you can go using 4 relievers a day when 3 out of the 4 don’t have any track record of success. Sooner or later, someone’s not going to be perfect.

    It’s okay to mix and match in the 6th and 7th innings, but the 9th?

  26. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    It was the bullpen…the same ones that got NYYs into this lead in the first place that pitched tonight. Let’s not pretend everything was perfect before they arrived.

  27. blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Chris Young just hit one about 3 miles off Kimbrel to give the Dbacks the lead

  28. bruceb June 28th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Frustration indeed. Took Nova out too early and used relievers in their “wrong” slots. But having said all that, Rapada turns that double play and it’s ballgame over. What worries me now is how Rapada reacts to this and the fact that we’ve gifted a power team like the White Sox game one with an unknown pitching tomorrow. I’m pig sick.

  29. Hassey June 28th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Even tho he didn’t even pitch today, Cory Wade should get tagged with this loss

  30. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    bruceb June 28th, 2012 at 10:15 pm
    Frustration indeed. Took Nova out too early and used relievers in their “wrong” slots. But having said all that, Rapada turns that double play and it’s ballgame over. What worries me now is how Rapada reacts to this and the fact that we’ve gifted a power team like the White Sox game one with an unknown pitching tomorrow. I’m pig sick.\
    ———————————–

    Hopefully Rapada bounces back… gotta have a short memory to be a good reliever.

    The Yanks are a better team than the Sox. I think they take the next 3.

  31. blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    but yea the silver lining is how well Nova is pitching…..at some point we have to consider that this guy is a really good pitcher….I already have but I know a lot are still unsure…..he just gets it done….isn’t always pretty….but he gets outs….and has been getting outs for awhile now.

  32. RS June 28th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Also, when is the last time the Yankees won a game they were losing after 8 innings?

  33. Tyler June 28th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:15 pm
    Chris Young just hit one about 3 miles off Kimbrel to give the Dbacks the lead
    —————————————-

    Young and Upton sure make a talented outfield out there.

  34. We Want Mo Mo June 28th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Stupid way to lose a 2 run lead

  35. Ys Guy June 28th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    there’s not way the yankees have a lead in the al east if not for the bullpen while mariano and drob have missed time.

    girardi did what he thought was best.

    it almost worked, but in the end, it didn’t.

    oh well, you wake up in first place tomorrow and try again…

  36. RMike June 28th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    “Even tho he didn’t even pitch today, Cory Wade should get tagged with this loss”

    Agree. Him falling in the tank has a ripple effect. They can’t have guys fall apart now.

  37. beedogs June 28th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Joe Girardi is a moron.

  38. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    As I see it, Girdardi is the best bullpen manager in baseball….when it works. He’s the worst manager in baseball when it doesn’t work. Is that about the gist of it?

  39. Nick in SF June 28th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Can’t deny that losing a game like that sucks… very frustrating.

    The meaning of “must win” is pretty elastic if it covers a game like that, however.

    Warren and the bats stop the bleeding tomorrow!

  40. blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    “As I see it, Girdardi is the best bullpen manager in baseball….when it works. He’s the worst manager in baseball when it doesn’t work. Is that about the gist of it?”

    No….I think he’s probably the best bullpen manager in baseball but he screwed up tonight…….everyone does sometimes. Pitcher fielding has lost a lot of baseball games….

  41. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    And the Tampa Bay Dvil Rays lose. Baltimore loses. Toronto is 2 runs down and one out in the 9th inning. Toronto does have the bases loaded with Encanarcion up, though.

  42. MTU June 28th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Blake-

    There really shouldn’t be any doubt.

    They’d have to be crazy to trade him.

    Hughes goes before Nova IMO.

    I wouldn’t trade either one though.

  43. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    If the Yanks win, did Girardi screw up?

  44. Hassey June 28th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Angels must feel invincible about now

  45. jpmatrixfan88 June 28th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Whoever just said bullpen should be number one priority at the deadline…no, just no. Tonight is an anomaly, and we have aardsma who just started a rehab assignment and Joba not too far behind him. Our bullpen has been mostly very good.

  46. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Toronto loses on a bases loaded double play ground out.

  47. Tabbert June 28th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Its just one game, its just one loss, i get all of that. However, we DID lose our two best starters, and that cant be ignored. So, when we have a chance to actually GAIN ground on two division foes, we need to do that. Good thing tampa, and the orioles lost tonight. We are going to have to figure something out. Joe can’t be doing this mixing and matching 3-5 relievers each game. This is getting ridiculous.

  48. blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    “If the Yanks win, did Girardi screw up?”

    yes.

  49. rm June 28th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 10:07 pm
    What does a three game series have to do with anything?

    —————–
    Go probably didn’t even realize you said it was a 4 game set in your previous comment. No big deal

  50. JM June 28th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    MarcCarig RT @bkabak: Girardi handled the 8th well and got a bit cutesy in the 9th / most accurate

  51. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Right. In your opinion. It’s my understanding that closers are over rated.

  52. luis June 28th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Tough loss….Good night

  53. Hassey June 28th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I don’t recall ever having a comfotable feeling vs. the WS, in the current YS or the old YS

  54. luis June 28th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    JM,

    Right on point

  55. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I never even mentioned anything about the Red Sox Series that’s more than a week away.

  56. JM June 28th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Four games against the Red Sox next weekend as July 7 is a doubleheader. Make up of rainout game

  57. We Want Mo Mo June 28th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    This wasnt a must win game.

    But games without both Pettitte and CC in the rotation are games that we need to win from our other quality starters like Nova, Phil, and Kuroda, especially when they have a great start like Nova did tonight and we enter a 9th inning with a 2 run lead.

  58. choochoo June 28th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Cory Wade should get the loss? A ripple effect? That’s utter brilliance.
    Let’s tag Joba with the loss. Or maybe Mariano. How about Aceves?
    Or better yet–Gooose Gossage. They all fell apart, too.

  59. TheStraw June 28th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I wonder what Goose Gossage thinks about the term “mix and match”?

  60. MTU June 28th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    That was costly throw by Rapada.

    It opened the door to what followed.

    We just won 5 in a row. Had to lose one sooner or later.

    Feel sorry for Ivan the Great. He deserved that win.

    Most likely result is we split with the WS.

    Hoping Warren takes the bull by the horns tomorrow.

    Big oportunity for him.

    Grab the brass ring Kid.

    ;)

  61. RMike June 28th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Maybe Girardi is cognizant of the theory that D-Rob is not a closer and tried to get away with using his lesser guys before finally bringing in D-Rob hoping for the best

  62. JM June 28th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    MarcCarig Girardi said he wants to be mindful of using Robertson back to back. Of course, he ended up doing it anyway. Weirds.

  63. Hassey June 28th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    choochoo- your train is leaving the station

  64. blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I’m excited to see Warren tomorrow…hopefully the kid goes and gets it.

  65. JM June 28th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    MarcCarig Plenty of madface in the Yanks clubhouse. Plenty to be mad about.
    · reply · retweet · favorite

    MarcCarig Robertson says he’s fine. Would have liked to start the inning.

    Ah well, tough loss all around…..Hopefully the bats come out blazing tomorrow….

  66. Hassey June 28th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    if Rapada is crying tonite, just think of how good he’ll feel when Jeter puts a ring on it

  67. yanks 27 June 28th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Bullpens have ruined baseball. starters should be left in to finish what they started, barring absurd pitch counts

    Nova could have finished that game in about 120 pitches or so. If this is the way D-Rob is gonna perform in the 9th inning, they have a real problem.

  68. We Want Mo Mo June 28th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    This game is on Wade.

  69. bruceb June 28th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Disappointing too that we got the lead-off runner on in the bottom of the 9th and he never even got to second. Jones swishing at thin air and then leaving one straight down the middle is beginning to grate on me too. That’s why he’s on the bench…to get a big hit now and again.

  70. TheStraw June 28th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    For that matter, why is he using Logan before Rapada?

  71. jacksquat June 28th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Actually, I was wondering why Robertson wasn’t coming in at the beginning of the inning (believe it or not, don’t care).

    He got a little too cute trying to preserve Robertson when he should have been fine pitching the full inning.

    Girardi is a good bullpen manager but that was a mistake imo. No one is perfect.

  72. Nick in SF June 28th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Melky just drew a walk off of Cueto; vote him to the All-Star Game!

  73. Bronx Jeers June 28th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I can’t really remember an instance where the media went to Rapada’s locker during the post game but they’re sure there tonight.

    Poor guy feels terrible. He needs a call from Mo.

  74. TheStraw June 28th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Jones is pretty much worthless right now except for the occasional long ball. I would rather see them give Mustellier a shot.

  75. Hassey June 28th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    would anyone on the blog like to make a motion that the Yanks act on Andruw Jones? Or should they still give him more shots b/c of his veteran presence?

  76. choochoo June 28th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Hassey–Grandpa McCoy is calling for you

  77. blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I think Joe pulled Nova at exactly the right time…. he really hadn’t made pitches to Dunn all night and that a danger zone right there…..he made the right move going to Logan there….made the right move by going to Eppley after that…..but then he got greedy and tried to close the game with the last 2 relievers in the bullpen mixing and matching…..if Robertson was available then you don’t do that….if he’s available to come in a jam he should have started the inning.

  78. RMike June 28th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    SportsJC16
    That’s why Robertson isn’t a closer #Yankees

    sportsJC16

    @ He’s not a closer. May be one day but, not now. It’s why Joe tried to stay away from using him. The error foiled the plan.

    Won’t be the only game #Yankees miss Mo. I have no problem with how Joe handled the 9th. He knows Robertson can’t close. Thats baseball.

  79. Hassey June 28th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Straw – I like how you think

  80. rm June 28th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    There is a lot of crazy talk going on here. Giradi is probably the best manager in baseball at handling the bullpen. He had a very good plan to pitch Eppley and Rapada in the specialty 1 out roles they are very comfortable in so DRob could come inand get a 1 out save. He told all three of them ahead of time how they were being used all of them were put in a very goodposition to suceed but they all failed. That happens sometimes. You know you just can’t figure baseball

  81. Hassey June 28th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    choochoo – I’m not sure if that’s funny — – who the H is Grandpa McCoy?

  82. blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    “For that matter, why is he using Logan before Rapada?”

    cause Logan is better….

  83. Carlo June 28th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Girardi gambled. Its a 162 game + season…..sometimes u take gambles in battles to win the war. Robertson is back from injury and soriano has been pitching every day. With starters being down, the pen is only going to be worked more. He took a shot trying to milk the 9th with 2 guys who have thrown the ball well. If rapada throws the ball to 2nd, nobody is upset with the way the 9th was handled because we got a win and got a day of rest for both of our key late inning relievers.

    It sucks to lose that game. It happens though. I’ll take 15 of our last 19 though.

  84. choochoo June 28th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Hassey–Little Luke is looking for you in the barn

  85. Carlo June 28th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Girardi gambled. Its a 162 game + season…..sometimes u take gambles in battles to win the war. Robertson is back from injury and soriano has been pitching every day. With starters being down, the pen is only going to be worked more. He took a shot trying to milk the 9th with 2 guys who have thrown the ball well. If rapada throws the ball to 2nd, nobody is upset with the way the 9th was handled because we got a win and got a day of rest for both of our key late inning relievers.

    It sucks to lose that game. It happens though. I’ll take 15 of our last 19.

  86. rm June 28th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    We Want Mo Mo June 28th, 2012 at 10:30 pm
    This game is on Wade.

    ——————

    I’m pretty sure Wade was being held back in case we need somebody to pitch multiple innings tomorrow.

  87. bruceb June 28th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Dead right, Blake. We all know how good Robertson is at getting out of jams but why wait until there is one to use him? Either he was available to start the 9th of he wasn’t available at all. But such is life. You’re happy when you steal one; desolate when you throw one away.

  88. Nick in SF June 28th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Festus Ezeli is off the board for those of you who let this awful loss distract you from the NBA draft.

  89. blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    “@ He’s not a closer. May be one day but, not now. It’s why Joe tried to stay away from using him. The error foiled the plan.”

    no….he didn’t use him because he tried to steal a game and rest him….

  90. ET June 28th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    If Wade pitches multiple innings tomorrow, that means a lot of runs for the Chi Sox

  91. Ys Guy June 28th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    watching the mets…dodger stadium is a great place to watch a baseball game. anybody who hasnt been there should plan a trip, it probably won’t be there forever…

  92. ET June 28th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    The time to steal a game was yesterday – already won the series, afternoon game, Nova going the next day.

    Not the 1st game of the series when your starter throws a gem and Adam Warren awaits and some pretty tough pitchers the next 2 games.

  93. blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    MarcCarig But this part is baffling: Girardi says Robertson is heading into the game even if Rapada gets DP. Weirds. 5 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  94. Hassey June 28th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Choochoo – OK, one obscure reference at a time is more than enough. I’ve had all I could take already today with Robby Douglas passing away

  95. blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    MarcCarig Bullpen management is a definite Girardi strength. He’s had better nights.

  96. rm June 28th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    ET June 28th, 2012 at 10:38 pm
    If Wade pitches multiple innings tomorrow, that means a lot of runs for the Chi Sox

    ——————–
    We’ve got a kid making his first MLB start tomorrow. Pitch count is often an issue with young starters. I think if we get 5 good innings out of him we shold be very happy

  97. TD213 June 28th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    The beat writers are so dumb. As if Girardi is going to say he was trying to steal a game. We all know that is what it was. Either that or he doesn’t fully trust D-Rob to get a full save. Either way, he isn’t going to divulge that to the media

    Nothing to be baffled/confused about, no one should take manager’s quotes and infer anything from them.

  98. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Marc Carig?@MarcCarig

    “I did my job as a pitcher. I didn’t do my job as a fielder.” – Clay Rapada

  99. Hassey June 28th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    who is this NBA guy Adam Silve – he looks like Tom Hanks at the end of Philadelphia

  100. choochoo June 28th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Hassey–Bub and Uncle Charlie are sad.

  101. Yank1 June 28th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I am scared to see this bullpen in the postseason. Maybe if Aardsma/Joba come back and are lights out, but otherwise, lots of bend and don’t break in that pen. Not going to do it against Boston, Texas, or LA lineup.

  102. Yank1 June 28th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    who is this NBA guy Adam Silve – he looks like Tom Hanks at the end of Philadelphia

    =

    He is the deputy commissioner, I think. Stern’s right hand man. and I agree, he looks very strange.

  103. choochoo June 28th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Blake–forward me your resume. I’ll make sure Cashman takes a look.

  104. MTU June 28th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    The Yankees have the 2nd best BP in the AL.

    When Aardsma and Joba return it will only get better.

    Nothing to worry about unless you think we should be #1.

    ;)

  105. MTU June 28th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Have a good night.

    Warren drew a tough assignment tomorrow.

    He has the goods. Just has to command it.

  106. rm June 28th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    blake June 28th, 2012 at 10:40 pm
    MarcCarig But this part is baffling: Girardi says Robertson is heading into the game even if Rapada gets DP. Weirds. 5 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    ————————————
    Nothing weird about it Rapada should not pitch to righties unless he absolutely has to

  107. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    With Soriano not available, Robertson hasn’t pitcjed a lot this year and Wade being unreliable lately, topped by being in the middle of 17 straight days of baseball, I assume that Girardi is trying to keep the number of pitches down on the bullpen. Right now, Igarashi is the long man in the bullpen, and that’s not great. Girardi was trying you get the outs and it didn’t work. I’m sure that if he knew what was going to happen before hand, like most of you seemed to know, he would have done it differently.

  108. Carlo June 28th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Doesn’t “don’t break” usually imply that they actually succeed without giving up leads? Isn’t that good enough to win games in the playoffs?

  109. MTU June 28th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    One last thought.

    I wish every part of the Yankees was as good as their pen.

    If it was they would run away with it.

    (They may anyway)

    ;)

  110. Pat M. June 28th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I reading as I’m catching up and if I didn’t know better I’d think The Bombers just lost Game 7…..Really guys, good ball clubs are going to lose at least 10-12 games like this……They turn the deuce in the 9th and we’d be hoisting a cold one right now rather than pissing and moaning………I can assure you the players have put the game in their rear-view mirror…….YS Guy, Chavez Ravine is a special place to watch a ballgame, plus you can hear Vinny in the background

  111. Ys Guy June 28th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    dwright with a golfshot into the bleachers…

  112. We Want Mo Mo June 28th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I said this game was on Wade because he caused Soriano to have be used 2 days in a row. Given a 6 run lead with 3 outs to get, that shouldnt have happened.

  113. Bronx Jeers June 28th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I generally hoist a cold one either way.

  114. choochoo June 28th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Blake–instead of dazzling everyone here with your expertise—
    you could instead
    1) work on a jigsaw puzzle
    2) play checkers
    3) help the other residents into their clean Depends for nighty nighty
    4) call talk radio and discuss UFO’s
    5) clean the cat’s litter box

  115. longtimefan June 28th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    This is one of those games you chalk up to Girardi, dumb moves in the 9th and worse trying to explain why he did it. He must be a lously poker player. No logical reason for not going to DRob in the beginning. Move on and win tomorrow

  116. Pat M. June 28th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Why am I not suprised Jeers !!!!

  117. jmills June 28th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Yankee fans!,……take comfort!!!!! My Jays are a’ waiting,………….Jamie Moyer :) Be good.

  118. rm June 28th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    GB7,
    Is Igarishi really on the 25 Man? Did he take CCs place?

  119. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Erik Boland?@eboland11

    Rapada:”I did my job as a pitcher, I just didn’t do my job as a fielder & I put DRob in a bad situation..I really let the team down tonight”

  120. jmills June 28th, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Hi GB7 – my team lost tonight – next night,….something different my friend !!! Best – j

  121. Bo knows June 29th, 2012 at 12:21 am

    The Yankees are in tough in the next little while, Sox and Sox. Girardi tried to save a bullet. Everything worked to the script until the error. Chit happens.

    If it worked, it’s good BP management of assets, it didn’t – got too cute – spare me.

    Robertson grooved one down the middle.

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