Tonight’s game was monster back-and-forth affair, but I don’t think anyone expect it to end like it did. “A perfect throw,” said Joe Girardi of Greg Golson‘s rocket from right after the game. He did, however, seem more impressed with Alex Rodriguez‘s scoop of the short-hop at third to apply the tag. It was a perfect play all around, and it had to be to get a guy as fast as Carl Crawford. It’s definitely not the way you draw up the final out of the game, for sure.
Here’s some more highlights from Girardi’s postgame press conference…
- Girardi attributed Ivan Nova‘s rough fifth inning to worrying too much about the baserunners and missing spots. He knew Tampa would pinch hit for Matt Joyce if he went to Boone Logan, and he liked the the Nova-Joyce matchup the best.
- One of the biggest moments of the game for him was the Yankees’ half of the sixth and the way they bounced right back to tie the game after Tampa’s comeback. Curtis Granderson led things off with a walk, Mark Teixeira singled him over, then Robbie Cano capped things off with a run-scoring double.
- After preaching before the game about not wanting to wear down his relievers and giving them rest after throwing three times in four days, stuff like that, he used both Kerry Wood and Boone Logan for the fourth time in five games tonight. When asked about that, Girardi said exactly what you’d expect. Wood’s a veteran and experienced, Logan’s a lefty specialist and hasn’t faced a ton of batters in that time.
- He said he’d check with both guys tomorrow about their availability. I’ll guess no on Wood, but Logan for a batter in an emergency spot.
- This will probably be a surprise, but Girardi called it one of the biggest wins of the season. Stunned I tell you.
As for Andy Pettitte, who threw five innings for Double-A Trenton tonight, they’re going to evaluate him over the next few days and see how he feels. Girardi wouldn’t commit to saying he’ll start Sunday, but it’ll be a massive upset if he doesn’t.