Joe Girardi, on Ian Kennedy, after this game, via the AP:
Ian Kennedy struggled to find the strike zone, and it cost the New York Yankees.
“It’s as simple as throwing strikes,” New York manager Joe Girardi said.
“You can’t win the way he is pitching. He got a lot of walks, and is behind a lot of hitters. He had a lot of three-ball counts,” Girardi said.
Remember June 21, 1978? That’s when 23-year old Jim Beattie got beat-up on the mound at Fenway Park – and, after the game, Big Stein said that Beattie looked “scared stiff” and sent him down to (Triple-A) Tacoma on the spot.
Basically, General Joe, now, is saying the same thing that George said back in 1978 – just more politely. If Kennedy doesn’t turn this around, and soon, he may be back in Triple-A too.
Then again, the Yankees offense was a joke in this game too. “Flat” with a capital “F.”
Man, the last three games have been rough, huh?