Wretched in Extras

When discussing the game last night at The Sommer Frieze, regular reader Mike threw out the ominous possibility that the game could go to extra innings, which it did, with typically disastrous consequences. Why typically disastrous, you might ask? This team simply doesn’t win often in extra innings, certainly not on the road. The team has lost six seven straight extra-inning road games, with its last win coming last April 14 in Oakland, when Brian Bruney did yeoman’s work, pitching two innings and throwing 29 pitches for the win the night after going 1 1/3 on 36 pitches in an extra-inning loss. Going back to the start of the 2007 season, the Yanks are a measly 4-11 in extra-inning games, whereas in 2006 the team was 7-4 in extra-inning games.

As last night’s disgraceful debacle clearly illustrates, the blame lies with the offense at least as much as with poor pitching. The team banged out 15 hits, but stranded runners late and saw a brain fart from Jeter getting picked off second in the sixth squander another opportunity. Additionally, the team at times just stops scoring for long stretches–putting up four in the second and fourth innings, then nothing again until the eleventh despite all the hits and working 4 walks. They really should have had more in the eleventh–bases loaded and no outs–but A-Rod grounded into the ol’ 4-2-5 DP on a hard-hit ball but one right at Roberts. Unless my video feed was bad, I have a hard time blaming Jeter for getting thrown out at third simply because with the hard-hit ball right near Roberts, it may have looked like a liner to Jeter, in which case he could have been doubled off second. It was a lose-lose, but a BIG lose-lose especially when Matsui followed with an RBI single. Just as Jeter couldn’t drop a quality bunt in the ninth after Damon doubled and then struck out, A-Rod couldn’t drive the ball in the eleventh resulting in a DP.

Bad baseball, all the worse on a night when Boston, Tampa Bay, and Toronto all lost.

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Published in: on May 28, 2008 at 8:34 am  Leave a Comment  

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