As soon as A-Rod did not catch that foul pop in the 11th, albeit requiring a long run, I knew the Yankees would lose the game in that frame. And, it happened on the next pitch.
It’s a shame that A-Rod had an “event” (for lack of a better word) in the deciding inning of this loss as he had an awesome game at the plate today.
With the Yankees losing, 3-2, in the 3rd, Rodriguez hit a clutch two-out 2-run homer to give the Yankees the lead. Then, in the 8th inning, Rodriguez got a clutch single on an 0-2 pitch to load the bases – which led to the Yankees scoring and taking a 5-4 lead in the game. And, later, in the 10th inning, Rodriguez got a 2-out walk with the bases empty, and then had a clutch steal of second to put himself in scoring position (before Bernie Williams whiffed to end the inning).
Personally, if not for A-Rod’s bat tonight, the Yankees probably lose this game by a score of 4-2 in 9 innings and then there never would be an 11th inning missed pop-up. Still, I bet that Alex gets questioned about not making that play.
This loss is a stinger – and not the best way to start this run of 21 games in 20 days. Plus, the Yankees had to burn their whole pen (Villone, Farnsworth, Proctor and Rivera) today. You hate to unload the whole clip when you’re shooting at a shadow.
Oh, well, at least Boston lost to the Royals.