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Depleted bullpen can’t win a perfectly winable game

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 06, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Shane Victorino, Preston Claiborne

As long as Andy Pettitte was on the mound, the Yankees were in control of this game. As soon as the bullpen began sending a series of relievers into unfamiliar spots, a five-run lead was destroyed and the Yankees were left with another devastating loss, this one 12-8 against the Red Sox. The Yankees will wait for Tampa Bay to finish a west coast game to determine whether the latest collapse cost a game in the standings. Pettitte lasted six innings — and each time he allowed a run in the top of an inning, the Yankees responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning — but Pettitte rarely throws more than 100 pitches these days, and he left the bullpen three innings to keep an 8-3 lead.

That lead lasted seven batters.

Phil Hughes made his first relief appearance of the year and let four of five reach base, then Boone Logan got a big strikeout of David Ortiz but couldn’t put away Mike Napoli. Logan made five attempts at strike three, but on the fifth, Napoli hit a game-tying home run off the top of the wall in right field. In the eighth, it was Preston Claiborne who allowed Shane Victorino’s two-run homer, and it was Joba Chamberlain who walked in a run and allowed an RBI single. Hard to imagine Logan facing Napoli, or Dave Robertson not getting the ball in the eighth, had the Yankees been playing with a full bullpen. But after three straight one-run games, including that brutal 10-run loss last night, the Yankees needed the B-Team relievers to finish off a perfectly winable game. They couldn’t.

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