Curtis Granderson has played a wonderful center field for the Yankees, but he had a bad moment in the ninth and it cost the Yankees this game against the Red Sox.
It was 6-6 with Jacoby Ellsbury on first and one out in the ninth when Pedro Ciriaco hit the drive to center.
“I thought (Ciriaco) was good and we were lucky,” Bobby Valentine said.
Because Granderson broke in, then drifted back, got twisted around and missed in his reach for the ball.
“We haven’t seen much of that, him getting turned around like that,” Joe Girardi said.
Ellsbury scored and Ciriaco ended up on third. Then he scored on Dustin Pedroia’s sacrifice fly.
“You’re going to make some mistakes out there,” Granderson said. “I didn’t get the best read on it. … I just didn’t think it was hit that hard.”
CC Sabathia really didn’t help the cause, either, allowing six runs and eight hits over six innings.
“It’s tough … not being able to get out there and pitch the way you want, especially against a team in your division,” Sabathia said.
Nick Swisher struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth after failing to start for the seventh straight game because of that strained hip flexor. Swisher wants back in Sunday night in the series finale.
“I think to be able to pinch hit after sitting on the bench for three hours, you’d be able to DH at least,” Swisher said. “We’ll come back here tomorrow and see what they say.
“I’ve been penned up for a while. I’m ready to go.”
Ichiro Suzuki has hit in all five games as a Yankee. Robinson Cano had his 13-game hitting streak against Boston snapped.
I’ll have more on Mark Teixeira’s homer off Vicente Padilla in our 9 a.m. posting.
Sunday night’s pitching matchup pits Hiroki Kuroda and Felix Doubront.