Today’s loss looked quite a bit like yesterday’s: A lot of Yankees mistakes leading to a lot of Phillies runs. The Yankees lost 10-5, but if not for unearned runs — there were six of them — they would have won.
“I think we’re capable of fielding it better,” Joe Girardi said. “We had four errors today, which led to a lot of runs for them. There’s a lot of young kids out there, and what we probably need to do is get them to relax a little bit.”
Through eight spring training games, the Yankees have made 13 errors. That’s a pretty horrific number, but here are those errors listed individually: Walter Ibarra, Dan Johnson, Corban Joseph (2), Addison Maruszak (2), Jayson Nix, Eduardo Nunez, Jose Pirela, Kyle Roller, Nik Turley, Gil Velazquez and Kevin Youkilis.
That’s one guy from the Yankees regular lineup, plus two more — maybe three if you count Johnson — by guys who have a good chance of making the big league bench. Six errors have been made by guys who haven’t played above Double-A, and three have been made by a pair of guys trying to get used to third base again.
“You can get on some of the young players and they might close up even more,” Girardi said. “The big thing for them is to get their feet wet. They’re going to get plenty of playing time. We’ve got two everyday infielders that are leaving. We’ve got a couple of other guys that are backups that are leaving. They’re going to have to play, and they’re going to have to relax. That’s all.”
As for the one error made by a big league regular, that happened today when Youkilis couldn’t make a fairly tough play.
“I made the right decision coming to get the ball,” Youkilis said. “But I just kind of got that hop a little funky and lost balance a little bit. I wish I would have come across it a little more. But at third base, there’s some plays, you either field it or you don’t and you’re just screwed. I got screwed because it kind of locked me up a little bit.”
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