No reliever in baseball has stranded runners as consistently as Shawn Kelley this season, but when he tried to put out a fire this afternoon, he instead started a complete bullpen meltdown in a stunning 7-3 Yankees loss to the Orioles. Andy Pettitte had pitched six scoreless innings before allowing back-to-back singles to start the seventh. With a three-run lead, Joe Girardi went to Kelley, who promptly allowed an RBI single and a go-ahead, three-run home run, his second home run allowed since May 16. He’d previously allowed just two of 37 inherited runners to score this year, the best percentage in baseball. Things got worse when Boone Logan let two on and Joba Chamberlain allowed a three-run homer to Adam Jones. Similar aggressive bullpen managing worked for Girardi on Friday, but if backfired in this opportunity to sweep a pivotal series. Of course, it didn’t help that the Yankees were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners stranded.
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