Heartbreak: Yankees drop series opener in extra innings after big comeback

Trenton takes Game Two behind Castillo's late double
Kelley unavailable due to triceps inflammation

That was, without question, the worst loss of the season. Easily. Worse than any other two losses combined. And yet, it was one strike away from being the best win of the season at one point. Baseball is a son of a bitch. The Red Sox won Thursday’s series opener 9-8 in ten innings.

David Justice never did that. (Rich Schultz/Getty)
David Justice never did that. (Rich Schultz/Getty)

The Mother Of All TOOTBLANs
There is not one single reason the Yankees lost this game. It was a bunch of things. That is true of every game, really. It’s never just one thing. The biggest mistake to me was Alfonso Soriano getting picked off second base in the bottom of the ninth. Heck, he actually got picked off twice that inning. Craig Breslow had him picked off first base before Daniel Nava flubbed the throw and allowed Soriano to slide into second safely. After that is when he really got picked off. I have no idea what the hell Soriano was thinking — yes I do, he wanted to steal third so Curtis Granderson could score him with a sacrifice fly like they did in Tampa a few weeks ago — since the Yankees had the winning run in scoring position with Granderson at the plate and Alex Rodriguez on deck. That was an inexcusable mistake. I guess you can take the player out of the Cubs uniform but you can’t take the Cubs out of the player.

One Strike Away
As good as he’s been overall, this has not been a typical Mariano Rivera year. He’s been a little more hittable than ever before and his ability to paint the corner away on righties and inside to lefties hasn’t been as impeccable as it was all those years. At least that’s how it seems to me, I could be wrong.

Anyway, Rivera blew his sixth save of the season on Thursday — first time he’s blown that many since 2003 — after getting two quick outs and a two-strike count on Mike Napoli, who hit one of those poorly located pitches on the outside corner into right-center for a single. Pinch-runner Quintin Berry stole second and third on the same pitch thanks to a poor throw by Austin Romine and a poor block by Derek Jeter. Both screwed up. Romine short-hopped the throw and the Cap’n let it go right through his legs. Remember how I said some random September call-up would do something huge during his eleven-game stretch? Berry’s stolen base qualifies. Stephen Drew singled in the tying run after that and the save was blown.

(Rich Schultz/Getty)
(Rich Schultz/Getty)

Burned Again
For the second time on the homestand, Joe Girardi got burned by using Joba Chamberlain in a big spot. He had already used Preston Claiborne, David Robertson, and Rivera, so it’s not like he had a ton of options, but he again used his worst reliever in a big spot and paid for it. Joba retired the first man he faced before the wheels came off, as Jacoby Ellsbury singled, stole second, and scored on Shane Victorino’s single. Victorino should have been called out on a check swing for strike three, but first base ump Joe West disagreed. Considering the gift call the Yankees got when Vernon Wells stole third in the seventh inning (more on that in a bit), they really can’t argue.

After Chamberlain got Dustin Pedroia to fly out for the second out, Girardi brought in Boone Logan to … intentionally walk David Ortiz? What the hell was that about? Let Joba walk him so Logan can start fresh without having throw four balls. That was definitely one of Girardi’s weirdest calls. Seems like he originally intended to pitch to Ortiz but changed his mind after bringing in Logan. Very weird. Anyway, pinch-hitter Brandon Snyder flew out to center to end the inning, but the damage had been done. Logan should have started the inning or at the very least been brought in to face Ellsbury. I know the bullpen was short with Shawn Kelley unavailable, but I would have preferred Logan against Boston’s big right-handed bats over Joba against anyone. Second time on the homestand Girardi was burned by Joba in a big spot. It can’t happen again.

(Rich Schultz/Getty)
(Rich Schultz/Getty)

The Comeback
My least favorite managerial move is the whole “send the starter back out for no apparent reason so he can allow the leadoff man to reach base before bringing in a reliever” thing. It happens all the time. Girardi’s a big fan it seems. That move opened the door for the Yankees to make their massive but ultimately pointless six-run comeback in the seventh inning. Seriously, I would have much rather watched them lose this game 7-2 than the way they did.

BoSox manager John Farrell sent Jake Peavy out to start the seventh even though his pitch count was already over the century mark, the right-higher wound up putting the first two men on base to spark the rally. After Ichiro Suzuki‘s leadoff walk and Wells’ pinch-hit single — after which he stole third and was incorrectly called safe, replays showed he was out and it would have been the first out of the inning at first base while down five runs — Brett Gardner‘s singled in a run off lefty reliever Matt Thornton. Gardner’s been awesome in big spots, no? Jeter had a great at-bat to draw a walk and load the bases for Robinson Cano, who grounded into a fielder’s choice and narrowly beat out the double play. A run scored and the Yankees had men on the corners with one out.

With the hard-throwing Junichi Tazawa taking over for Thornton, Soriano poked a two-run single to right to beat the shift and make it a 7-6 game. Granderson hit a booming two-strike double off the right field wall that tied the game and would have allowed Soriano to score from first it hadn’t been hit so damn hard. Lyle Overbay picked up A-Rod following his strikeout with a ground ball two-out single through the right side that turned a one-run deficit into a one-run lead. For the second time in the last three games, the Yankees had mounted a huge comeback to turn a huge deficit into a small lead. It was awesome. Too bad it didn’t matter in the end.

(Rich Schultz/Getty)
(Rich Schultz/Getty)

Fooled No One
The Red Sox had something on Ivan Nova. Either he was tipping pitches or they just had one hell of a scouting report on the right-hander. They had no trouble laying off his curveball at all, like they knew it was coming. Didn’t even flinch. Nova threw 26 curves and do you know how many Boston’s hitters actually swung at? Seven. He had one swing-and-miss with the pitch, six taken for strikes, and 19 taken for balls. The curve was a complete non-factor, and when that happened, Ivan had to rely on his fastball against one of game’s best fastball hitting teams. Needless to say, it wasn’t pretty.

Nova threw 96 pitches in his four innings of work, including a ridiculous 47 pitches in the two-run third inning. The Red Sox ran him right through the grinder. Deep counts, long at-bats, foul ball after foul ball … they were just brutal. Nova had no way to combat them and the fact that he escaped four innings with just three runs allowed on five hits and two walks is a bit of a minor miracle. It could have been way worse. Hopefully this was just an off-night and not an indication teams are figuring out Nova is beatable if you lay off the curve.

At least this happened.

The Yankees scored their first two runs on a Cano’s bases loaded double in the third and I have no idea how he hit that pitch as hard as he did. Peavy busted him inside with a cutter and somehow Robbie pulled his hands in, hit it off the label, and clubbed it off the top of the right field wall. It was maybe three feet from being a cheapie grand slam. Most batters have their bat broken and ground out weakly on that pitch. Cano somehow got enough wood on it for a double. Insane.

Because of Nova’s short outing, Girardi had to cycle through seven relievers. Preston Claiborne allowed three runs and all five men he faced to reach base while Adam Warren allowed a run and soaked up 2.2 innings. Cesar Cabral struck out the only man he faced with the bases loaded, so hooray for trial by fire. Cabral has struck out all three big league lefties he’s faced on ten pitches total. Robertson threw a perfect eighth, Rivera blew the save, Joba blew the game, and Logan retired the only man he faced. Seven relievers combined to throw 134 pitches in six innings.

Romine came into this game with a 24% success rate at throwing out base-stealers (a tick below the 26% league average), and he allowed two killer steals in the ninth and tenth. Chris Stewart, who is riding an 0-for-22 streak at the plate and stranded runners at second and third in the fourth, is out of gas and hasn’t had much success throwing out runners himself lately (22% since the All-Star break), but you have to think he would have given them a better chance in those spots. Then again, if Wells doesn’t pinch-hit, the six-run rally doesn’t happen.

The Yankees had ten hits as a team but Gardner and A-Rod were the only guys with multiple knocks. Jeter drew two walks and looked really bad in the field. Like barely mobile. He couldn’t turn a potential inning-ending double play in the fifth because he simply couldn’t cut in time to get to the bag. The team won’t ever move him off the position, but at age 39 and with all those recent leg injuries, it’s clear the Cap’n has no business playing short.

For the first time since May 1916 (!), the Yankees had six players successfully steal a base in a single game. That’s nuts. Ichiro, Gardner, A-Rod, Overbay, Wells, and Soriano did the honors. New York has stolen 23 bases (21.1% of their season total) in 13 games against the Red Sox (9.3% of their games) this year. They’ve run wild on Boston’s various batteries.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
Depressing graph is depressing. For the box score and video highlights, head over to MLB.com. FanGraphs has some other stats while the updated standings are at ESPN. The good news is that the Rays lost to the Angels, so the Yankees remain three back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column. The bad news is that they haven’t made up any ground in three days now and games are still ticking off the calendar. The Orioles and Indians are tied with New York in the loss column but have played one fewer game. Cool Standings gives the Yankee a 14.3% chance to make the postseason. This loss was incredibly bad.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
Same two teams on Friday night. Left-handers Andy Pettitte and Felix Doubront will meet in the second game of this four-game set. If you want to catch the game live — there are only nine home games left in the regular season, you know — RAB Tickets can get you in the door.

Trenton takes Game Two behind Castillo's late double
Kelley unavailable due to triceps inflammation
  • dkidd

    david price is shitting the bed

    tonight felt like the end of the universe, but we just heed to stay within striking distance of the rays

    • Mike

      *david price is shitting the bed*

      So did Soriano and Chamberlain unfortunately.

      • Captain

        and Mariano

        • El Maestro

          I don’t know why people gives Mariano a pass, when he was the one that did shit the bed the most.

  • The Real Greg

    So now we know why Kelley wasn’t used.

    So it was down to essentially Phil Hughes or Joba. The ultimate doomsday scenario

    • dkidd

      and the plan for tomorrow is

      andy for 6
      hughes for 3

    • D$1184

      Shit, I would have rolled the dice with Betances if those were the other options. Nothing good happens when Joba comes into a game.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Boone Logan is dogshit now?

  • Kevin

    Heartbreaking loss but at the end of the day,your starters simply have to go more then five innings.

  • WhittakerWalt



    • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      And I will be over about 10 more or so.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    Using Joba Chamberlain in an important spot in an important game solely because he happens to throw with his right hand is indefensible

    • The Real Greg

      People have been doing it that way for YEARS

      • D$1184

        That’s a piss poor excuse.

      • Bob Buttons

        People also burned books they don’t deem acceptable and picked on certain folks because they are different for YEARS.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        Who cares?

  • http://enoch Enoch

    Victorino struck out. Game should still be going.

    • Be fair

      Again, Wells was out, rally should not have happened. Blame Soriano, Mariano, whoever. Stop whining over umpires.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        Good point.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    1.5, what’s 1.5?

    Oh, the chance the Yankees may have had if the Angels can win this game tonight. Holy shit. Talk about a missed opportunity. And, to think, they were ONE STRIKE away from that.


    • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      And if they didn’t blow a 3 run lead to the O’s they would been half game out.
      And if they didn’t get sweep by the White Sox
      or Lost to Jays
      we could do this all night long.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        This is undoubtedly worse than all of those other ones.

        • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

          Yep, but this is the beginning of a long run so who knows. Still lots of games to play I bet they will 1 or 2 more of these hopefully not many more than that.

          • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

            Well, maybe not quite like this. I really don’t ever want to see Mo blow another game. It’s been hard enough watching three games now in the past month where Mo was at two outs, two strikes, and couldn’t finish the save.

            • Umbrelladoc

              I am the only one crazy enough to suggest it – but Mo should break out the changeup. Throw it once or twice per appearance – the hitters won’t have time to learn to recognize it.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)


      Mo is declining. Clearly. And he is retiring at EXACTLY the right time. He can ride off into the sunset knowing he wasn’t a detriment to his team and was still a strong reliever, just before he finally really loses it, which would be heartbreaking to watch.

      Once again, respect, man. Love Mo.

      But this game was, more than anybody else, his fault.

      • Steve

        I think you’ve swung too far in the other direction. Mo hasn’t been his usual self but 90% of Mo is still a top 3 closer in baseball. I don’t think he’s on the edge of losing it like Hoffman did at the end. He’s still awesome, just not quite the awesome we’re accustomed to.

        • Robinson Tilapia


          Wait until next year, RRR, when the younger model needs twice as many pitches to close out the ninth every night.

          • I’m One

            No, I mostly agree with RRR (not sure it was entirely “his fault”, but the Sox, more than any other team do seem to get to him and this season, he’s just not as good as he has been in the past. 6 blown saves?). His point is not that next year’s closer will be better than Mo. It’s that Mo is not what he used to be (true this season) and by leaving while he’s still an elite closer, he preserves his legacy better than sticking around another year and (possibly) being only an above average closer. Actually, that’s probably what he is now. You could argue well above average, but I don’t think this year’s performance is truely “elite”. Unless you like counting stats (over 40 saves).

            • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)


              Mo is great. But he’s declining. We might have somebody worse next year than Mo is this year, but Mo is not as good as he’s been in the past.

      • Umbrelladoc

        Mo has not been Mo. His outs have been harder. With that his save percentage is still better than Uehara’s. And Mo was probably overused early on with all the close games. But I agree – this is the time. Unless he breaks out a second pitch.

        • vicki

          two-seamer sure looked good in june.

      • Kenny

        Correct. He’s not remotely as bad with 2 outs as Hughes is with 2 strikes, but he ain’t quite what he used to be either.

  • Patryk

    Jack Curry summed it up best in one word: agonizing.

  • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Bad lost, but the Rays are down so they probably will lose no ground. They were down 7 to 2 in the 7th so the comeback alone was impressive.
    There is something about this team and if people can’t see it truly sad.
    Big lost yes.
    End of the world no.
    So turn the page and move on this team is going to get into the playoffs and make some noise. It well be hard every step of the way.

    • ialien

      playoffs huh. maybe if they had 22 games left at home vs teams under 500.

      • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        We will see.

        • Rek4gehrig

          I love your positive attitude. I feel the same way. Yanks weren’t going to win all thrur games the rest of the way so this is just one bad loss.

    • Steve

      I think we’re at the point now where not losing ground is simply not good enough. For every game the standings stay like this, we’re one game closer to the end of the season. Have to take advantage of Rays losses against other teams. I don’t want to count on sweeping the Rays head to head, if it’s avoidable.

      • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        “I think we’re at the point now where not losing ground is simply not good enough.”

        I don’t think they are at that point, but after these 11 games they will be.

  • Oscar gamble

    Mike (RAB) you’ve been pining for more Romine for weeks now. See how naive that was? Romine lost that game, a few times. Choked. Embarassing.

    • WhittakerWalt

      How many games has Chris Stewart, the-offensive-black-hole-who-walks-like-a-man lost for us?

      • Oscar gamble

        Can’t recall many with his defense. That’s why he’s there…..

        • I’m One

          Can’t remember the exact games, but there were at least a couple where Stewart allowed passed balls that were clearly catchable that allowed runners to move up and score. There were times earlier in the season that he just looked awful defensively. Perhaps he’s better than Romine, but to say he hasn’t cost any games due to his defense is inaccurate.

    • Tim Belcher

      Romine SUCKS. Plain and simple. Can’t hit. Can’t throw anyone out. Can’t catch a throw from Ichiro with the game on the line. I’d rather see Murphy in there than Romine.

  • And in merrie olde England

    Is Arod doing impressions? He went from Gardner to Núñez to Brandon McCarthy to Schwarzenegger in that .GIF


    (Anyone want to explain how to embed vids please?)

    • Bob Buttons

      doing the standard youtube link you have in your browser
      if its https change it to http

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    For as much as we are all deranged lunatics who will always be drawn back to this sport that we follow on a daily basis for six months out of our year…

    sometimes, this sport just sucks, too. But, as with all things we like, there are gonna be low’s, too. It’s what makes the high’s all the more glorious. I can only hope now that we can eventually look back on this game a while from now and be able to cackle at what happened, and be glad it didn’t ultimately torpedo this team’s playoff pursuit.

    • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)


      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        I had every intention of ending that post after the “just sucks” part, but I’ve probably seemed like enough of a whiner tonight that it was time to stop moping and get back on the horse.

        No one ever said it was gonna be easy. Losses like tonight just make it more difficult. This team has shown a great deal of resiliency all year, but they’re gonna have to dig much deeper to rebound from a loss like that. Time to jump back aboard this thing and make a playoff push.

        but, damn, that loss, and that 2-5 home record to the Red Sox (and now 21-22 record at the new Yankee Stadium) really, really stings. Stings.


        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          Man, you summed it up perfectly.

    • Rek4gehrig

      THIS again

    • Robinson Tilapia


  • Jorge Brosada

    Posted this in the game thread. Wanted to vent about this here too:

    (Obviously there are several reasons we lost this game, with the most Mariano and Soriano being the most blatant)

    With that being said…the thing that really infuriates me is how these terrible MLB umpires are never held accountable for ANYTHING. It’s become laughable how many times this season alone I’ve watched these clowns screw up a call, change the outcome of a game, or wrongly eject someone. There’s no process to rectify or challenge an erroneous call, and these assholes never have to answer about screwing up on the job.

    In the rest of the world, if someone screws up at their job multiple times, especially for large screw ups, then THEY ARE FUCKING FIRED.

    MLB needs to get their shit together and do something about this.

    • Mike

      I’m too angry at Soriano to blame the umps.

    • Tim Belcher

      Were you saying that when Wells was out at third?? ROMINE is the reason. Horrible throws x’s 2 THEN can’t catch a throw from Ichiro where Ellsbury was out by at least 4 feet….

  • forensic

    Well, that really sucked. Not only is it agonizing and painful, but it’s 4 1/2 hours of agonizing and painful instead of just 3 hours. Love watching baseball, but these games just seem like they drag on for weeks.

    And, not only do they not get the win, but because they came back they don’t get the win AND they used all their big relievers, so now they may be in a little trouble the next few days.

    • Rek4gehrig

      I’m in San Juan with no access to the game on tv. U can imagine how painful it is listening to sterling and Suzyn for 4.5 hours

  • 461deep

    Exciting game with good and bad hitting, pitching, base running, throwing and fieding on both sides. Two bad umpiring calls as well 1 against each team. Sox win a nipper. Yanks need another good game by Andy tomorrow and hiitters must continue Dubront’s mild slump. Sox can afford a 2-2 series while that will set back Yanks. Mo not bad just 2 hits but steal with bad throw killed him. Sox now with bigger lead with 20 games left. Yanks must take advantage of Ray losses but did not tonight if LAA hangs on.

  • Kevin

    Tonight’s loss stung but let’s be real here,we’re fighting for a wild card spot,period.
    And our starters simply have to pitch better then they’ve been doing.

  • Bob Buttons

    Glad I didn’t buy the MLB.tv for september or I might need to buy a new monitor too because I’ll probably smash my current one if I watched it live.

    And I’m usually too un-wasteful (read: cheap) to throw away a piece of fruit out of anger.

  • Chris

    It really came down to Mo blowing it and two horrible throws and a explainable drop by Romine. Ichiro threw a dime there.

    • Mike

      Team effort imo.

    • monterowasdinero

      Romine is AT BEST average defensively. I have said it all along through all the Montero bashing…

      Romine is a AAA hitter at best and an average defender.

      His throw to Jeter was horrible and his non-tag, non-clean catch at the plate was bush….

      Stewart sucks too. This position needs to be upgraded next year if possible.

      • Frank

        Spoken like someone whose never caught a game in his life. Idiot.

        • Tim Belcher

          Romine is Garbage Frank. My 12 year old son who plays catcher could have caught that ball from Ichiro as well as reached 2nd base. Romine can’t hit. Sox were reeling in the 8th after going down 1-2-3. What does he do? Swing at the first pitch and soft groundball back to the pitcher.

          • I’m One

            If that’s truely the case (which I doubt), we’ll be hearing about him in the MLB in the future (either after he’s drafted out of HS or after he gets his college scholarship and is drafted, then promoted to the MLB). Please keep us informed of his progress.

            • Tim Belcher

              Yes because a 12 year old is incapable of catching a thrown ball or throwing a ball 130 feet in the air. Horrible attempt at a troll…

              • I’m One

                Not trolling. Just pointing out that Romine is on the MLB roster for a reason. He earned it. Your 12-year old hasn’t and in all likelyhood, won’t, as not many people do. The fact that he might be able to catch one ball doesn’t change that. Then again, with a runner coming at him, and a not perfectly thrown ball, he might not. Such a poor comparison.

          • FMB2345

            Romine can’t hit huh. Strange because the stats say different, in the last 23 games he owns a .316 batting average and a .797 OPS. Why don’t we try focusing the blame where it belongs, on Joe Girardi for starting a catcher that can’t hit(Stewart 0 for his last 21) and then replacing him with a catcher that can’t catch or throw, in crunch time. Totally ass backwards strategy. I would say an all-around upgrade is needed for next year, but for the remainder of this year start Romine and have Stewart for defensive replacement late.

      • LarryM Fl

        There is a distinct possibility that Romine with more seasoning is much better than Stewart. We know Sewart’s capabilities which appear to be below Romine’s potential. I would have preferred Romine in the 60-40% of play but it was the opposite. Girardi made the call for good reason. More than likely Romine’s inexperience is the reason. You can not ask the kid to perform after two years of minimal play in AAA and this years 40/50 starts. The throw from Ichiro was not a throw that could be handled easily. If he goes out to meet the throw which was short of the plate . Romine is out of position for the tag. He stayed back and could not handle the bounce. The glove is not fielding friendly.

        The throw to second was rushed for cause. Mariano gave the runner to good of a jump.

        • Tim Belcher

          ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? The Throw from Ichiro was right on the money. He dropped it plain and simple.

          • LarryM Fl

            Watch the replay. It short hopped up from the plate it left in a precarious position, IMHO.

            I’m no comedian! But thanks for replying, it makes for good conversation.

            • Tim Belcher

              High School catchers make that play.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Lost in all of this:

    This was a spectacular game, an instant classic with huge playoff implications. Sucks for us, but it was great theatre.

    • Mike

      If I were a Red Sox fan maybe. You can’t pay me to watch a replay of this game again.

    • vicki

      it was; i still feel sad and queasy but i can’t say it wasn’t thrilling.

  • Mike

    Puke inducing loss.

  • forensic

    Wonder if we could nominate Soriano for the TOOTBLAN HOF now.


    Unsurprisingly, Soriano leads the team in TOOTBLAN’s this season (when also counting his Cubs days). Even without his Cubs days, I think that’s now at least four in a little over a month with the Yankees.


    Wait, so… the MLB.com box score and play-by-play say Joba was ejected. Did that not actually happen?

    • sangreal

      It happened after he was out of the game. He was mouthing off to Joe West from the dugout

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Wow. I expected an edition of “The Blame Game” here, with Joba sitting in the big turd chair.

    Joba in the tenth had to have been my biggest facepalm moment of the season, and I do believe Kay and the gang were trying their hardest to not yell “why are you being a complete shithead, Joe” into the mic. The bullpen management in the the tenth was awful. Just awful.

    Whatever on Joe West. Get the next pitch right if you’re on the mound.

    I guess I should be impressed that Austin Romine was able to even do as much as he did crawled into a fetal position behind the plate. I actually signed Chris Stewart to a multi-year deal after the game. Sorry, guys. It was an impulse thing.

    Sori…..running the bases like there was a big, hot plate of mangu waiting for him around the next base. You’re 56 years old. Learn to run the goddamn bases.

    Somehow, I have zero ill will towards Mo here. He must be my creator and I’m a vampire.

    I’ll be walking into YS3 tonight with Greg’s negative vibe filling the room.

    Fuck last night’s game.

  • JLC 776

    Well… that loss sucked.

    Dust off and get them tonight.

  • mt

    Interesting that with all the injuries and Arod steroid drama, the tale of this season may come down to the one run leads (against Mets in Harvey game, the Chi White Sox extra inning game in Chicago, the Adam Jones HR Baltimore game avoiding sweep, and now this game) that Mo blew.

    Also everything has cumulative impact – if Robertson hadn’t been bad (for the first time in 2 months, mind you) the night before maybe Mo would not have been used for the necessary four out save and he would have been sharper.

    Joe West is frustrating on Victorino non-swinging strike call but Wells was also clearly out on 3B steal (at least Sori has won a game in Tampa with his legs and he was trying to do the same thing: what was Wells excuse?).

    Can we sweep 3 in a row? If not, the fat lady might start singing.

    • Kosmo

      you can debate that Girardi left Sabathia in to long the other night, if he pulled CC after 7 strong innings you have Drob starting off the 8th with the bases empty. Oh well.

  • Kosmo

    2nd guessing Girardi´s move

    Why Claiborne in the 5th inning ? Don´t you want Warren or Hughes at that point?. In a playoff atmosphere Girardi brings in Claiborne ? Hughes might not be everyone`s first choice but don´t you want an experienced pitcher in the 5th ?

    IMO FWIW Girardi´s BP management has of late been questionable.

    If Nova gives NY 6 good innings NY wins easily.

    Everyone remember Mariano is 43 yrs old.

  • Vern Sneaker

    A sickening loss you could pick apart all day and night, but I’m left with two things, and one of them isn’t Joe West, because the call on Wells evens that out, IMO. It’s Soriano’s move to third in the ninth (nobody on my sandlot team when I was ten would have done that)and Girardi bringing in Chamberlain, who is so hittable at this point it’s beyond pathetic. And that’s not 20/20 hindsight — Hughes or even taking a flyer with Betances were obvious better choices.

    We’re not out of it yet, so here’s hoping . . .

  • LarryM Fl

    Many young guys were given opportunities in a big game last night. To me there was the plus in last night’s loss, Nova, Claiborne, Hughes, Romine and Cabral.

    Girardi used them because he though the game was over but surprise surprise. As far as Joba he was hoping for the experience and catch some lightning. We should not see Joba again in an important game. I hope.

    Jeter had a rough night and as Mike indicated. He is not a regular shorstop anymore. DH, thirdbase and firstbase are his last venues. I’m confident he will hit much better next year with the stress of shortstop off of his plate and a regular ST.

    We lost no ground to Tampa. “We play today, We win today.” I love it.

    You can not bitch about this team if you realize what it has been through and how they are playing to get into the playoffs. If you have to look back at the what ifs for an excuse then you have not been watching.

    Go Yanks but a faster game tonight. Hats off the Red Sox and their AB’s. They crushed Nova with their patience. I found it difficult to watch.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I agree with a whole lot of this. Yes, while every young player did not live up to the spot they were put in, they were out there.

      The question, I guess, is where the potential growing pains we saw from Claiborne and Romine take them moving forward. If you’re Cabral or Warren, you’re sitting mighty pretty this morning.

      • dkidd

        i’m ready to see cabral versus big papi (with live blogging)

    • Tom

      very well said Larry

  • trr

    It’s the next morning, and this one is still stuck in craw.
    I’m not gonna vent, or point fingers, or say the season is over.
    But I gotta say this is one of the toughest regular season losses I’ve had to swallow.

    How will the team react?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I think what was toughest for me was watching the team lose because so many of the worst tendencies of so many guys came through last night, from Soriano to Joba to Romine to Girardi himself. That’s what made this a loss that still pissed me off in the morning (hell, I woke up more upset about it, even) instead of a loss I got over before going to sleep.

  • mick taylor

    it is not a question of bad umpire calls . joe west for 10 years has made numerous blatantly bad calls against the yanks and never against their opponents. if he had this record against the red sox espn and fox joe the little f buck would call upon mlb to investigate. he obvious has a bias against yanks and george steinbrenner would call that fat fuck out on it. i can live with mo or joba failing because they are trying. but when you have a dick like west screwing the yanks so much in big cases that it just cannot be innocent over the last 10 years i find it unfair and want to turn to football. if you do not believ e me go back and look at every game west has umpired against yanks . he has never ruled in favor of yanks in a big game and critical situation

  • Kenny

    Mike, about Mariano not being quite as sharp this year: “At least that’s how it seems to me, I could be wrong.”

    You’re not wrong.

  • Hearn

    Mo is like Roland from Stephen King’s The Gunslinger. Diminished but still effective.

  • brian

    Agreed with whoever said Rivera is retiring at EXACTLY the right time

  • Bleuboy

    You stole my line!

  • Tom

    I laugh at some of you on here with the nonsense you say. Some people just have NO CLUE.

    Mariano blew the save BUT because Romines threw the ball away that run scored. Again you can’t predict what happens if Romines doesn’t throw the ball into the outfield. The next guy gets a hit, but that doesn’t mean he scores on it.

    Soriano is should have been picked off twice in the 9th. THAT Can’t happen with a chance to win the game. just can’t.

    They did get screwed on a third strike call adn again Romines not catching the ball from Ichiro. I doubt he gets him but you never know if he doesn’t bobble it, it would have been close.

    Mariano is 43 years old and like someone said he is retiring on top. Having a great season and still amazing numbers. He is showing signs of fatigue and I am happy to see him go out on his terms when his game is still helping and not hurting the team