• October 2nd @ The Red Sox (Game 2)

    Posted by on October 3rd, 2010 · Comments (8)

    This was a game the Yankees could’ve won, should’ve won but didn’t win because they played atrocious defense and gave Boston far too many chances to score.  In the end, the Yanks lost Game 2 of the doubleheader 7-6 in 10 innings, a reversal of fortune from Game 1 played just a short while earlier.

    Although this didn’t turn out to be the key play of the game, AJ Burnett’s momentary lapse of reason in the bottom of the fourth inning will be this game’s most memorable moment.  After Lance Berkman bobbled Josh Reddick’s grounder and then rushed his throw to the covering Burnett, first baseman Brian Runge called Reddick safe at first.  A stunned Burnett turned around to argue the call, turned his back on the advancing Daniel Nava and Nava scored on a bit of heads up baserunning.  It was reminiscent of Chuck Knoblauch’s own brain fart in the 1998 ALCS against Cleveland where he famously yelled at the first base umpire while Cleveland took advantage of a sleeping defense to steal a run.

    Burnett (6 6 4 2 2 5) has been bad enough this year that he’ll get no quarter from the fans or the press but, really, this loss cannot be pinned entirely on him.  It seems like there’s just a bit of bad luck following AJ around these days.

    So, here we are, down to game 162 for all the marbles.  In the unlikely event that Kansas City can beat Tampa and the Yankees can propel Dustin Moseley to victory, it will mean another division title.  Sure makes you wonder what could’ve been if Girardi hadn’t pseudo-forfeited all those games earlier this month when he was managing with one eye towards a playoff spot he hadn’t yet clinched.  Chad Gaudin, I hold you responsible.

    Comments on October 2nd @ The Red Sox (Game 2)

    1. redbug
      October 3rd, 2010 | 10:00 am

      Chad Gaudin?? Burnett has won exactly one game in 2 months.

      Sure you can call out the offense and defense for this loss but c’mon Burnett pitched against a AAA Boston team and couldn’t hold a lead for more than an inning.

      And forgetting to call time was ridiculous. No excuse for it. It added to another run, which proved to be decisive.

      And once again, the catcher he insists on using had 2 more errors. 13 this year.

    2. MJ Recanati
      October 3rd, 2010 | 10:29 am

      redbug wrote:

      Burnett has won exactly one game in 2 months. Sure you can call out the offense and defense for this loss but c’mon Burnett pitched against a AAA Boston team and couldn’t hold a lead for more than an inning.

      Burnett hasn’t pitched well all season but certainly pitched well enough to win last night’s game. Four errors overall (and generally poor play at SS by Nunez) was what did the Yankees in last night. How Burnett pitched in his previous start has nothing to do with last night. Don’t lose sight of that.

      redbug wrote:

      And forgetting to call time was ridiculous. No excuse for it. It added to another run, which proved to be decisive.

      Factually inaccurate. That was Boston’s third run and cut the Yankees lead to 4-3. As visually frustrating as that sequence was, it was not the decisive run, as you state.

      redbug wrote:

      And once again, the catcher he insists on using had 2 more errors. 13 this year.

      It’s not Burnett’s fault that Frankie Cervelli sucks. That’s only Cervelli’s fault.

    3. JeremyM
      October 3rd, 2010 | 10:40 am

      I seem to recall some people pushing for Nunes to take over at short for Jeter as he supposedly had a world class glove- obviously not the case, huh?

      To go wiht Gaudin, I also blame Austin KKKKearns. He is awful, with Ks in 35 percent of his Yankee at-bats. Not sure why he keeps finding his way in the lineup.

      And using Royce Ring wasn’t the smartest move either. Well, I sure hope they still own the Twins.

    4. redbug
      October 3rd, 2010 | 11:07 am

      @ MJ Recanati:

      Point is: if Burnett had not made the error, Boston wouldn’t have forced the game into exra. A run is a run whenever it happens.

      Burnett has insisted on using Cervelli all season long despite his poor offense and defense. It’s his choice to use a catcher that “sucks’.

    5. Evan3457
      October 3rd, 2010 | 11:32 am

      1-16 with RISP in the 2nd game didn’t help much.

    6. MJ Recanati
      October 3rd, 2010 | 1:10 pm

      redbug wrote:

      Point is: if Burnett had not made the error, Boston wouldn’t have forced the game into exra. A run is a run whenever it happens.

      If Burnett had not made the error then Ring and Nova would’ve had one extra run as cushion before imploding. Beyond that, there’s no significance to Burnett’s error.

      redbug wrote:

      Burnett has insisted on using Cervelli all season long despite his poor offense and defense. It’s his choice to use a catcher that “sucks’.

      Burnett is no more responsible for Cervelli being a poor defensive catcher than he is for Posada’s atrocious defense. Had Burnett not “insisted” on Cervelli, he’d still be pitching to a defensive butcher behind the plate.

    7. MJ Recanati
      October 3rd, 2010 | 1:10 pm

      JeremyM wrote:

      I also blame Austin KKKKearns. He is awful, with Ks in 35 percent of his Yankee at-bats. Not sure why he keeps finding his way in the lineup.

      Absolutely true. I should’ve mentioned that. Kearns is worthless at this point and probably shouldn’t be on the playoff roster or on the Yankees beyond today’s game.

    8. nwyank
      October 4th, 2010 | 1:09 pm

      They should have easily won both games, and hence been in control of the division. They were something like 4-34 w/ RISP, 3 of those “hits” consisting of: Jeter grounder to 3rd which should have been called an error, Cano pop-up which dropped for a double (luck), and the Jeter dribbler past Papelbon (more luck). This while playing a AAA RS lineup.
      When was the last time they won a series?
      How many starters actually won a game in the past month?

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