Yanks robbed of game-tying run, fall to Orioles

Nuno rocked as Triple-A season comes to an end
Joe Girardi and his boiling point

It’s entirely possible the Yankees would have lost this game in extra innings given their bullpen anyway, but man if they lose the division by one game…

  • Blown Call: You all know what happened and can see it above if you don’t. First base ump Jerry Meals said the throw beat Mark Teixeira to the bag for the final out of the game as the game-tying run was scoring from third. He was completely and indisputably wrong. Bad calls happen, but I just hate that such an egregious mistake decided a game of this magnitude.
  • SuCCks: The blown call wouldn’t have mattered if CC Sabathia had been able to keep the Orioles in the park, as they tagged him for three dingers in 6.1 innings. He blew a two-run lead in the second, the fourth lead he’s blown in three games back from the DL. Sabathia hasn’t been himself pretty much all season but especially of late, and the Yankees simply needed him to pitch much better in a game this important. I don’t know if the elbow is still bothering him or what, but this nonsense is not good enough for the supposed ace of a contender.
  • Eighth Inning Non-Rally: The Yankees scored a run in the first (Teixeira sac fly) and a run in the second (Ichiro Suzuki double), but the bats went into hibernation against Joe Saunders and various relievers until the eighth. Alex Rodriguez homered for the second time in as many games in the eighth, but the Bombers were unable to capitalize further when Curtis Granderson popped up to end the inning with men on corners. I love Curtis as much as anyone, but Joe Girardi had to pinch-hit for him in that spot with the left-hander just entering the game (and thus unable to be replaced). Granderson hasn’t been hitting for far too long to be left in in that spot.
  • Ninth Inning Rally: Single to left (Ichiro), single to left (Eric Chavez), bunt single to third (Derek Jeter). Boom, just like that the Yankees had the bases loaded with no outs against Jim Johnson in the span of six pitches. They needed to score two runs to tie and they did … until the blown call. Swisher grounded into a fielder’s choice to short to score the first run, a ball hit too softly for a double play thankfully. You know what happened on Teixeira’s slow grounder to second. With a scorching hot A-Rod on deck, the call hurts even more.
  • Leftovers: Scott Proctor Cody Eppley did a fine job after Sabathia, retiring five of the six men he faced … Granderson didn’t start the game but he still managed to kill two big rallies (sixth and eighth innings), both with two men on-base … Swisher went 0-for-5 and is still hitless on the road trip, though he did have the homer robbed a night ago. I’m sure that helps him sleep well at night … Jeter had three more hits while Ichiro had two, so the two most veteran of veterans deserve props for having huge series this weekend … Nick Markakis will miss six weeks after Sabathia broke his thumb with that hit by pitch, which really sucks. Don’t want to see anyone get hurt like that … the Orioles have out-homered the Yankees 12-4 in the series, which sucks for them because little do they know you can’t win with homers in the postseason!

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights while ESPN has the updated standings. If you want to see the (depressing) WPA Graph, check out FanGraphs. The Yankees and Orioles are tied atop the AL East again, though the Rays lost to the Rangers and remain two back in the loss column. This nightmare series and road trip will conclude on Sunday afternoon, when Freddy Garcia gives it a go against Zach Britton.

[Photo via @JimmyTraina]

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Nuno rocked as Triple-A season comes to an end
Joe Girardi and his boiling point
  • DERP

    Even Joe Paterno would have spoken up if he had seen something that horrific.

    • Cy Pettitte

      lmfao. I think you just won the internet.

    • ash

      i laughed so hard i almost fell out of my chair.

    • JohnnyC

      If he didn’t know what sodomy was, I’m sure he wouldn’t know what a blown call was either.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I can’t believe they’re actually tied for 1st with > 20 games left. it feels like this team is going down in flames with Girardi imploding and all this stupid drama.

    • Bubba

      Girardi… really? None of this matters if our “ace” pitches like one.

      • RkyMtnYank

        No, Girardi is very to blame for this too.

    • Surfin’ USA

      Exactly. Blown call or not, history will remember THIS.

      Hahahahahahahaha.

      Tex blows and so does Girardi. Can we trade them both to the Dodgers?

      • DT

        Dude you blow. Ichiro, Tex, Arod and Jeter were the only players to do shit this game. Tex got screwed on two calls.

  • Kramerica Industries

    This call may not even effect the division race, for all we know. The Yankees (or O’s) might win by multiple games.

    But it can still have a domino effect in other ways. Say the Orioles edge out the 2nd place WC team by a game, and that gives them the wild card game at Camden Yards.

    The Orioles edge out the Rays for the 2nd WC by a game – that screws the Rays out of a potential playoff spot.

    Among other possible examples. That call has an effect on the entire American League playoff race – a gift win for the Orioles in the absolute truest sense of the word.

    • Jimmy Is Key To David’s Cone

      You’re right, it won’t effect the division race. But it may very well affect it.

      I apologize if the post has any bad effects.

      Perhaps you could say that the Yankees’ incompetence has effected a division race.

      • JMK

        I appreciate good grammar as much as anyone, but you’re needlessly being a dick.

    • RBC

      I’m a Yanks fan and the call was bad but it didn’t affect the playoff race. The whining in here is unbelievable.

      The Yanks playing like bums and losing their first place lead did. The fact that we can’t get decent starting pitching did. The fact that our lineup can’t hit in a big spot to save its life did. The fact that our bullpen has been a disaster over the past 10 games did.

  • EDDARD

    1. Jerry Meals should be fired but Selig will probably give him a promotion. Expect Meals to be calling the WS and no changes to replay will be made.

    2. Nick Swisher should be benched tomorrow for anyone other than Nick Swisher.

    3. No confidence in any of our starting staff, especially not Freddy tomorrow although Markakis is out for 6 weeks.

    4. If we can win tomorrow we get a day off and the Red Sox who are fielding an AAA team. Teix will get 2 days off since he won’t play tomorrow and we can beat up on Boston’s depleted lineup and lame duck manager.

    • Andrew

      Was not even a bang bang play. Swisher starting going in the tank about the time word was being spread about a 125 mill contract, coincidence?

  • Bob Buttons the Cat

    Next time (tomorrow?) Meals is behind the plate for us we should have our guys getting “crossed up” a couple of times.

    • Long TIme Yank

      +1

  • Get Phelps Up

    Selig so concerned with rushing to expand the playoffs and cracking down on PEDs and is oblivious to baseball’s more glaring needs of expanding instant replay, not holding players accountable for DUI’s and the like and not holding umpires accountable for terrible calls like this. Fuck him.

    Anyway, win tomorrow and forget this.

    • Laz

      MLB should hold players accountable for DUI’s? A dui is a non-baseball related violation. They don’t judge, they just let the Law enforcement take control.

      • Pius XXX

        Dude, DUIs are serious business. A lawyer can be disbarred for DUIs for example. It’s totally appropriate for the league to make them their business

  • https://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    I really don’t think its too much to ask to fire umpires who repeatedly make themselves the story.

  • DERP

    I feel bad for Markakis, but at the same time, that loss is huge for the Orioles and therefore good for us. He has been fantastic for them in the second half.

    • Kramerica Industries

      If you believe in karma, then being glad, in a sense, about Markakis’ injury justifies all the injuries the Yankees have been dealt, especially of late.

      • JMK

        How is that a touch of karma?

  • BigBlueAL

    This stuff with Girardi and Sherman is crazy. Now you have Bob Klapisch tweeting that Girardi gets tough with Sherman but wont back up his own player on a game-ending call and mocks Girardi by saying its good to know he has his priorities straight.

    Girardi’s media session tomorrow should be very interesting.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      On an unrelated note I met Klapisch a couple of times. He does not like being asked if he writes for the Yankees.

      • JohnnyC

        He doesn’t. He covers baseball. Hasn’t been a beat reporter in years. And he never wrote FOR the Yankees. As for Sherman, he’s had an axe to grind since YES fired him from the Hot Stove roundtable (because he accused Girardi of lying about injuries).

        • JobaWockeeZ

          What? He’s always on the Record.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            On the Record writing about the Yankees I should say.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            Writing “about” the Yankees and “for” the Yankees are two entirely different things.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              Yes, yes I chose a bad word but I doubt anyone actually writes for the Yankees.

              But I see the point, he’s not a beat writer anymore. Regardless it seems he’s tired of people recognizing him for his writing. Curry on the other hand is a fucking amazing guy.

          • JohnnyC

            He’s a columnist. He also writes about the Mets and other national baseball stories. Like Sherman. He’s following the Yankees on this road trip because, well, they’ve blown a 10 game lead and they’re newsworthy. Beat reporters are guys like Mark Feinsand and, until recently, Marc Carig.

  • dkidd

    this road trip feels like it began in 1997

    play angry tomorrow, head home in first place

  • John R.

    Looks like karma caught up from Wise’s foul play agains the Indians. Will be pissed if we miss the playoffs by one game because of this bull.

  • Captain Gift Basket

    The Yanks need to figure out how to get the .220 hitters out on this team. Reynolds, Andino and how many doubles has McLouth hit. And Lew Ford, CC? Pathetic and dare I say, UNACCEPTABLE!

    • tommydee2000

      Don’t you know that BA doesn’t mean anything?

  • DT

    Jeter, Arod and Ichiro are coming up big this series…I mean our old men are leading the team. Cano disappeared until his later AB, Swisher and Grandy are certifiably terrible.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Swisher’s OPS has dropped 52 points since Aug. 28.

    • Benni Bop

      Girardi MUST sit Granderson. His ABs are now unbearable.

      • WhittakerWalt

        How many guys do you want Girardi to bench? By my count Swisher, Granderson, Jones, Ibanez, and Cano are all playing badly enough to warrant benching. What kind of lineup does that leave us with?

        • The Tenth Inning Stretch

          Eduamiro Penunez.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I’m more mad that they still blew a 10 game lead. Yes this sucks but you shouldn’t be in this situation to begin with.

    Whatever happens this season I’m accepting it.

    • Mike

      That’s why I never liked the idea of sending our C team for the rubber game of a series after the Yanks had won the first two. JoeG repeatedly did it to give the guys a rest and if they lost it was “aaah big deal, we are alone in first place”.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        It’s a very old team. Guys need to rest.

  • VCR1111

    Now we’re even…anyone remember Jeffrey Maier? It happens. Whatever. Umpires blow calls, it’s part of the game. Have to go out tomorrow and win. Simple as that.

    • flamingo

      Umpires are supposed to do their jobs, not exact vengeance. Any and all errors are inexcusable.

      • VCR1111

        It’s not vengeance…it’s human error which is part of the game. Umpires will blow calls. It’s frustrating, it’s terrible when it costs a team a tie or a win, but there isn’t anything you can do. To expect umpires to be perfect and get EVERY call right is only going to drive you crazy. Expanding replays, etc will help but there will still be blown calls. It happens. What the Yanks need to do, and hopefully will do is forget about this terrible call and win tomorrow. Simple.

        • https://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

          That was not a tough call.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            It was one of the easiest I’ve ever seen.

            It was total bullshit.

        • Laz

          It’s not that hard to have replay. If you want to make it fast, then just have one umpire in the booth and the others with a radio to relay the message.

        • Ben

          This call was’t anything remotely close to a close call, if it’s bang bang that’s one thing. he was safe by four feet…
          And no, umps can’t be perfect, if you admit that then let us get instant replay. Other sports do it,, so can baseball. I am willing to sit through 4 hour games every f$%^*n night if the game is decided by the players. An $%%^&* human element, dumbest thing ever said when talking about baseball.

    • DT

      Maier was fan interference. Umps were not in a position to see the ball clearly. And plus we have instant replay on homeruns so that situation doesn’t happen again. This play was different because there was no fan interfering, the umpire was in perfect position to make the call and still blew it. Not only that, it was by an umpire that has had a history of making bad calls.

  • Danny

    #umpshow

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Since when has Rosenthal been tweeting RAB?

  • Ppiddy

    Thats about as bad as any blown calls I’ve seen. Shame.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    I knew when they first announced the umpires for the series Jerry Meals would fuck things up somehow. He should have been fired after the Pirates/Braves game last year. Once again he ends a game by blowing a call by two feet.

    As for replay, if a guy blows a true bang bang call by a matter of inches, fine, I’ve got no problem with a judgement call. But this wasn’t a judgement call it was black and white. Best part is, Bud Selig will probably be on some radio show tomorrow saying that it is just part of the game and the human element is what makes the game great. Come off it. Is someone really sitting there thinking baseball is better off because Jerry Meals fucked up this call?

    • JohnnyC

      If ESPN and twitter is any indication, we’re not getting any sympathy. None at all. So, just suck it up and win. There’s 23 games left to play. Get your shit together already.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        I don’t really give a fuck about sympathy. The game should have been tied.

      • DT

        Well they got their shit together in the 9th until the umps decided NOPE.

    • Got Heeeeeeem

      I saw that Meals was at first and I said “I bet the Yanks get screwed over on something.” Didn’t think it would be like this.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

    Hopefully a call this egregious will help move along the long overdue implementation of instant replay. it’s totally fucking ridiculous that it’s taking that asshole Selig so long to move into the 21st century.

    Also looks like CC is trying to compete with Arod and Teixiera for the title of most overpaid Yankee.

    • Benni Bop

      It was never a competition… its always been a three way tie.

  • BigBlueAL

    Crew chief Mike Winters told Mark Feinsand that the replays they saw were inconclusive and that it was a very, very close call. I wonder if he told him this with a straight face.

    • bobtaco

      Trying to justify the call, with the replay showing what it does, makes it much worse.

      • BigBlueAL

        What he is basically saying with his quote to Feinsand is that if there was instant replay they wouldnt have overturned the call.

    • YankeeJosh

      Given the lack of quality umpiring, they were probably watching a replay from the Marlins-Nationals game.

    • DT

      Jesus christ. Maybe instead of adding instant replay, they should fire all the umps and get new ones.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    This was fucking bullshit.

  • Ethan

    This is the second time jerry meals has failed this badly. If he were in any other job his bum would be fired by now. Man, i sure hate the umpires union.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Which is why I’m glad those blind assholes form the NFL are gone. People want them back, but they screw up as much as the scrubs for like 1/5th the price or something.

      • Fin

        I dont think the NFL refs are bad because I dont know what the league wants them to do. MOst of the NFL refs calls are judgement. There is holding on every play and pass int on every play, by both reciever and DB.

  • Rich in NJ

    It sucks, but MLB needs to get into the 21 century and use replay or robots or something.

  • Fin

    I missed the game. Was that play as obvious as it seems from the picture? I think umpires are the worst of the pro sports refs and even thinking that I find it hard to believe that call was missed. I always find it hard to believe how bad umps are as they dont have to make judegment calls, on what is or is not a foul, no clock management, no ball placement, only have to follow where the ball is, not every player on the field.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It was that obvious. I called him safe the first time it happened, at full speed and from a lousy angle. It was not bang-bang.

    • DT

      It was even more obvious in real time because it looked as if Tex’s entire body was on the bag when the ball reached 1st.

      • Fin

        Seems some shannangians were afoot then. I dont believe anyone could miss a call that obvious.

        • DT

          same guy who did this

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnGomyAGYJQ

          He’s a terrible umpire.

          • Fin

            There’s a 2:30 Romney commercial before i could watch what u linked and I would rather not watch that. I assume its the Pirates game. That was an awful call, but this one seems to be more than a bad call, it seems to be intentional. I’ve done some umpiring and thats almost an impossible call to miss for a little league ump, let alone a major league ump. I dont trust refs in any sport when they miss calls like that.

  • james

    How bad is this Nick Swisher. I’ve never seen a bigger choke in my life. definitely cut bait with this guy.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Up until very recently Swisher was getting a shitload of big hits for us. How soon they forget. People in this forum want to DFA every guy who has a slump. You all would have cut Jeter for his June performance.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Yep.

        Swisher with runners on: .873 OPS
        Swisher with RISP: .961 OPS
        Swisher with 2 out and RISP: .971 OPS

        What a choker.

      • Benni Bop

        That’s the classic Yankee fan overreaction. Its been going on for the past ten years.

    • stuart a

      he has been a choke artists for years. him and cano…are jokes..

      • stuart a

        cute since that was not my post. MORON…

  • jim

    Another day another 4 LOBs for Swisherlicious. At least drop him in the lineup already.

    • DT

      I don’t mind dropping swisher down because he’s basically an automatic out after Jeter reaches base…but who hits second?

  • The Deen

    Sooooo…. Who wants to do the honors of updating Jerry Meals Wikipedia page to include this incident? I would, but the page would probably be locked to edits due to violation of bias and profanity policies….

    • WhittakerWalt

      Yeah, that’ll show him.

  • stuart a

    no way.. we like the human interaction because actually watching an official get it wrong is why people go to the game. that msitake can cost the yanks $1 mill to $12 mill no big deal. he was safe it was not even close. did not see the game, watched the postgame on the dvr.. not even close.. tie score with a man on 3rd..

    mlb is a joke………….

    what a friggin robbery.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Also: I don’t give a flying fuck what fans of other teams think. I’m sure all the non-Yankee fans think the Yankees “deserve” this for some dumbfuck reason.

    That doesn’t matter even slightly. What matters is, the ump fucked up big time in a huge game.

    BULLSHIT.

    • DT

      Funny thing is Swisher got called safe (correctly) on a closer play, yet Tex is out? That’s bull crap.

  • Big Picture

    At least Nick Marcockis is out for the rest of the season. That might cost the birds a game or two.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Wow, aren’t you clever.

  • steve s

    1. Sherman is the best baseball writer out there but baiting Girardi after an excruciating loss is stupidly ridiculous and shows a serious common sense gap on his part.

    2. Losing Markakis will have a more lasting impact on the division race than one shit call by an incompetent.

    3. Buck will have his pitcher throw at Jeter today (lead-off hitter for lead-off hitter). Bench-clearing brawl will be inevitable.

    • NJB

      Good points all. Especially #3.

    • Henry

      Buck will not order a hit on the Yankees. He is smarter and classier than that. I love this O’s team but a win with such a bad call feels worse than a loss to me. I see a lot of harsh comments about the Yankees from Yankee fans and that I don’t understand. They don’t quit, they play hard on every play and have one of the better records in the A.L.

  • John Bonanno

    On June 26 earlier this season DeWayne Wise was credited for catching a foul ball in the stands he clearly did not catch. It was a close game, Mike said “It was the human element.” It goes both ways.

    • Jimmy

      Fair point.

    • Get Phelps Up

      The Yankees were up 4-0 in the 7th inning when that happened and their WE was 97%.

  • NJB

    Forget the bad call. Bottom line: We need our starting pitchers to go deeper into the games and the entire staff to hold the opposition to less than 4 or 5 runs more often. But that will not happen with this group. If we make the playoffs it will be the same story: out after the first round. And then there is Granderson…

  • TomH

    Yeah, the call was terrible, and Swisher ought to be benched (but for whom?). But the real problem now is Sabathia and his dying fast ball that no longer has intimidation effect, and there’s not much the Yanks can do about that. Now they’re stuck with Freddy.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

    Joel Sherman is an asshole for badgering Girardi about injuries. He needs to accept the fact that Girardi never has and never will answer those kinds of questions honestly and move on. Bob Klapisch is a coward for taking shots at him on twitter of places when he has ample opportunity to say something to Girardi face to face.

    These jock sniffing parasitic beat writers act like Girardi is under oath on the witness stand and is under some obligation to answer their questions honestly lest he suffer the consequences.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    that call is sick, save by a mile. Tex was screwed several times in this game, I wonder if there’s a story behind that.

    Sabathia once again blew a big game, that obviously sucks.

  • Frank

    Meals’ terrible call ended the game, but it’s not the reason the Yanks lost. No, that’s on CC and the teams’ offensive futility and ongoing failure to hit with RISP. CC is not a big game pitcher- never has been. And they are stuck with him for 4 more years. Good luck with that.

    The 9th inning was a snapshot of what has been an ongoing problem with this team all year- start a rally only to fizzle. Swisher continues to prove that perhaps his critics are correct- he can’t hit in the clutch when the pressure is on. Nice time to go in an 0-24. Good luck getting that Jason Werth type contract. And Granderson, talk of falling off a cliff. Picking up his option next season may not be the wisest decision, but I could live with it. Signing him beyond next season would be insane. Texiera, calf injury aside, perhaps he should seriously reconsider his decision to be just be a pull hitter. Follow the lead of Ortiz, A-Gon and even Cano- take what the defense gives you and go with the pitch and stop pulling outside pitches, resulting in weak grounders to second.

  • The Tenth Inning Stretch

    Anyone know where I can get a GIF of the call at first?