Yankees RISPFAIL their way to crappy loss


Geno was probably ready to retire mid-game tonight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

I don’t want to recap this game any more than you want to read a recap of it. In hindsight, it was probably a bad idea to strand a zillion baserunners. Who knew? Seriously though, they went 2-for-16 (!!!) with runners in scoring position, leaving 15 men on base in 11 innings. The Yankees left two men on base in the third, sixth, seventh, and ninth innings, which is unfathomably bad. Too make matters worse, their pitchers walked (get this) eleven runners. The Yankees beat themselves, there’s really no other way to put it. They squandered so many chances and made so many dumb mistakes (bunting when Joakim Soria had thrown one strike out of eight pitches? where’s the common sense?) that they deserved to lose. Period, end of story.

So blame whoever you want, blame David Robertson, blame Joe Girardi, blame Buddy Carlyle. I blame the offense, but that’s just me. Doesn’t really matter though, just move on and forget about this mess. These two teams will play the rubber game tomorrow night, when Ivan Nova takes on Sean O’Sullivan. Here’s the box score and WPA Graph if you’re so inclined.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. The 3-1 bunt in the tenth was so goddamn stupid. If Gardner gets a single in that spot it’s at least first and second with none out. But nooooooo, gotta bunt because it’s the right way. So sick of this bunting bullshit. Think about it, trading outs for bases is so dumb. Just walk and hit. That’s how you win ballgames.

    • Klemy says:

      I was way too angry about that 3-1 bunt in the 10th. Soria throws 7 balls and 1 strike and we bunt. I just don’t even know what to say anymore without sounding like a broken record.

      “I’m fiery hot with anger!”
      #Jacobim Mugatu

      • RL says:

        Doesn’t Girardi have stats in his notebook about the failure rate of bunting? How many successful bunts have the Yankees had this season (SSS, I know, but no one on this team bunts well).

        • Tim says:

          If he does have stats on this, then last night’s bunt will go in as a success. He got the bunt down, the runner moved up, and after Jeter hit what would have been a GIDP to shortstop for the second out, Granderson knocked in the run with a 2-out single.

          The goal of the bunt was to move up a runner into scoring position so you have two chances to knock him in with a single. It worked. I know this is the equivalent of hitting a 16 with the dealer showing a 5 and getting 21 – a wrong decision that pays off. But it DID work. So just hope that he doesn’t have that stat in his book. If so, it just got bolstered.

    • Greg says:

      You play for the tie at home and the win on the road. Baseball logic

  2. Brooklyn Ed says:

    The Yanks needs arms tomorrow, any chance that Buddy Ayla gets DFA at the same time?

  3. Zack says:

    They beat themselves tonight and DESERVED this loss. Easily the worst game I’ve seen in a long time.

  4. MikeD says:

    Easily the most annoying loss this season.

    Fortunately in baseball, there’s always another game right around the corner.

  5. mbonzo says:

    Since May 7th Joba has thrown 39 pitches. No doubt he needed a rest, but now since May 7th Robertson has thrown 77 pitches.

    These innings roles are overworking the relievers. Now tomorrow Mo, Robertson, and Soriano will probably be unavailable. I think Carlyle needs to be DFA’d and Yanks should bring up Noesi.

    Girardi is gonna kill me this season if he keeps running the bullpen like this and giving free outs on sac bunts.

    • Slugger27 says:

      ya i think its all but a certainty carlyle will be replaced tomorrow. thats almost a forgeone conclusion.

      im actually not sure why anyone would be mad at girardi after this loss. what did he do wrong? his top 2 setup men were unavailable, so he went to his 3rd best setup man. he pitched mo in the 9th with a tie game. after that, his choices were the 25th man on the roster or the 24th man. i can see getting mad at the gardner bunt, but thats my only beef with him tonight.

      • mbonzo says:

        I’m frustrated with the sac bunts.

        Thought Logan should have pitched the 9th since he’s only thrown 9 pitches since May 7th, and the bottom of the order Getz (lefty), Escobar (righty) and then Dyson (lefty) were up. That would have aligned Mo for the middle of the order. I actually posted that Logan should have come out for the 9th.

        Its also frustrating watching the innings roles catch up with the relievers. A game like this is bound to happen when you pitch Joba, Soriano, Mo for your 7th, 8th, and 9th in close games. If you play 3 close games you have no bullpen for the next 2 days. Most of all, Carlyle should have been DFA’d today. With Sori and Joba out, Robertson overworked, and Mo under constraints from pitching the day before, there needs to be at least someone who could go long. That’s not really Girardi’s fault, but have some foresight.

      • Pasqua says:

        You pretty much answered your own question by the end of the comment.

  6. 101010 says:

    If they want to bunt so much, it might help to not suck at it first.

    • Esteban says:

      Truth. But most of the Yankees shouldn’t be that good. Gardner definitely but almost all the rest of them have lots of power and probably were never asked to bunt much in their careers.

  7. Brooklyn Ed says:

    if it’s still rispfail tomorrow, then they definitely not ready for Boston weekend series.

  8. bakekrukow412 says:

    At least A.J. was good…..

  9. stuart a says:

    aj was aj tease good. 5 BB and 1 HBP… tight rope act against good teams he will implode. giving away games now also count.

    swisher is a joke, the guy thinks fastball every pitch ever thrown to him. lower slugging % then the great 1…

    the radio dopes never heard of the stat slugging %, they have no clue…

    can gardner steal a base this year? his baserunning is killing them.

    • Will says:

      No, that’s just how AJ is good. We saw it for a full season in ’09–he’s going to walk guys, he’s going to hit guys, but when he’s right he has the ability to pitch around all the baserunners.

      Also, in case you haven’t noticed, KC has scored the 2nd most runs in the AL after the Yanks. Not exactly a “bad” team on that side of the plate.

  10. buckfunts says:

    Gardner’s bunt single was encouraging. Encouraging Joe to call for more bunts.


  11. Will says:

    One more thing on AJ…I’m too lazy to look this up right now, but it has certainly seemed like almost every inning he’s pitched this year has been high leverage, at least in the sense that the score has been within 1 or 2 runs either way. The only exception I can think of is his first start against Detroit, and even that wasn’t a blowout. He’s pitched like an ace, and if the defense and offense backed him up even close to the way they’ve backed up the Yanks other starters he’d be 6-0 at least.

    • Kiko Jones says:

      Also, I’m not going to nitpick an AJ performance in which he gave up one hit in seven innings of work—and a mistake, at that—while his teammates’ bats failed to show up and his manager made some bonehead decisions. I’ll take an outing like this from Mr. Burnett every single time.

      • Henry says:

        I saw a good year coming from AJ this year, irdk why. It was just a gut feeling. So I made dinner bet with a Yankee fan friend of mine on AJ winning 15 games this season. With the way AJ has been pitching he should have AT LEAST 6 W’s this season, but the Yanks O and BP couldn’t help him get W’s. All I’m saying is that it better even out and AJ BETTER get some W’s when he has a clunker due to Yanks O having his back. Ughhhh. Frustrating.

  12. first time lawng time says:

    Went to bed in tge 7th…good thing I missed this game?
    Kinda sad that I can’t go to bed and expect the Yanks to have beaten KC.

    Where was Joba?

    I am so sick of Yankees finding ways to blow soolid outings by AJ.
    I mean 1 ER in 7IP…really? How do we not win that? Really.

  13. first time lawng time says:

    This RISPFAIL stuff is bringing back bad memories of last Sep….
    Offense needs to step it up. Especially AROD. He really has done almost nothing since the GS in Bal.

    Let’s make an article about how much he sucks (you know, reverse jinx? Lol)

  14. virginia yankee says:

    stupid bunt – yeah but stupid GIRARDI — roberstson 2 days in a row after too many pitches ON TUES — joba untaxed tues goes in and mo and likely it stays 2-1


  15. Monteroisdinero says:

    Agree on generally not caring for Girardi’s in-game managing decisions. Players love him and he is not an ass/egomaniac but the bunting and lack of aggressiveness on the bases (YESYOUBRETT!) and pitching change decisions drive me nuts.

    I also do not like how he rarely comes out on the field to argue calls that his players are arguing. If you are such a fitness freak Joe, at least run out on the field for the exercise!

    When Nunez stole second, Treanor couldn’t transfer the ball cleanly for the throw to second. This is one of many scenarios that can work in a runner’s favor IFYOURUNBRETT!!!!!

    • V says:

      Brett Gardner is the fastest ‘awful base stealer’ I’ve ever seen. d00d needs to be sat down to watch hours of Juan Pierre (pre 2011), Rajai Davis, Michael Bourn, and Scott Podsednik (in his prime) to see how they do it.

      • Monteroisdinero says:

        I am beginning to think that there is a scouting report on him that if you throw over 3x and make him work/dive back etc., he gets worn down and won’t run. I cannot explain why he doesn’t go. Between Jeter’s crappy bunting (which I actually don’t mind since it decreases the gidp chance) and the gidp risk with Jeets swinging away, I simply do not understand why he doesn’t go on pitch one or two.

        pitchout or not.

  16. paul says:

    CRAP is right. CRAP with RISP. Crap usage of bullpen again…CRAP bunts again…RIDIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!These are the games that KILL us…Joba 9 pitches Tuesday night-why not go to him..and then Mo….whatever Joe G.. whatever…freakin A!

  17. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    This game made me vomit and have diarrhea. That’s all I have to say about that.

  18. David, Jr. says:

    Girardi gets too much blame. The game was lost because of performances like Captain Pathetic Grounder, 0-6 with 6 LOB. One of the worst games ever. Enough to make you puke. Too bad Posada lucked into two hits. That will keep them talking themselves into keeping the worst DH imaginable.

    • Pasqua says:

      Well, Girardi is partly complicit in the lack of run production in the sense that he continues to give away outs via the bunt, which (obviously) makes it more difficult to put together a “big” inning.

      • David, Jr. says:

        I don’t disagree re the bunting. I said he gets too much blame, not that he should get any blame at all. Swisher, Jeter, ARod and Posada rarely get key hits. That isn’t Girardi’s fault.

    • RL says:

      Plenty of blame to go around. Martin leaving 4 RISP certainly didn’t help. DP’s continue to hurt the team. I HATE the bunting and Gardner unable to steal a base … It’s still only 1 game, although the team isn’t scoring consistently, but they are still in first place. I’ll worry if they’re 10 games back at the ASB. Even then, if they make the right moves, they can come back from that.

      • David, Jr. says:

        The larger worry would be if they aren’t as good as their record. Just like was correctly said about Jeter the other day, I am “cautiously optimistic” about the team.

  19. UncleArgyle says:

    The offense was pathetic. Horrible loss.

  20. Billy Mumphrey says:

    Somebody has tell these guys that you can’t keep splitting or losing series to mediocre clubs, especaially at home. We should have beat Chicago 3/4 except we couldn’t hit a nobody. We should have at least split with Detroit on the road but we couldn’t hit a washed up nobody. We should have swept these clowns but couldn’t hit a nobody last night. And Dave Robertson can’t handle the pressure of the 8th inning. Keep him in the 6th and 7th where he belongs.

  21. Billy Mumphrey says:

    And the Red Sox are coming to town, folks. We can’t play like this and expect to win that must win series at home. The Sox have lined up their 3 best pitchers against us because they know how important the series is. We have Bartolo, CC, and Freddy but Bartolo looked bad in his last start and CC not much better. Freddy against the Sox lineup could be a disaster.

    • We can’t play like this and expect to win that must win series at home.

      List of “must-win” series occurring in May in the 150 years of professional baseball history:


      [End of list]

      • Jared says:

        I like how they “lined up their best 3 pitchers against us because they know how imporant the series is.” Nothing to do with the rotation schedule or anything…it was intentionally aligned.

        • Well, the Sox did shuffle their rotation, so the Buchholz-Beckett-Lester order is an intentional lining up of their best pitchers. He’s right in that regard.

          And they did it because they know this series is slightly more important than the ones that came before and after it in Toronto and Baltimore, because the Yankees are a team they’re chasing and every Yankee loss helps Boston more than a Toronto or Baltimore loss does.

          It doesn’t mean the series is a “must-win” for Boston, though. They want to win it, just like we do, and so they’re taking intentional steps to increase their odds, just like we are (like, for example, not pushing Joba Chamberlain and Rafael Soriano in the Royals series so they’re fresh for the Boston one). None of what either team is doing makes the series do-or-die, though, like Billy Mumphrey is making it seem.

  22. CBean says:

    Dear Yankees, please hit a million runs tonight.

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