NYY 5, Baltimore 4

April 11, 2012 – 12:02 am

What a festival of managing and coaching brain cramps this one was.

  • First you had Joe Girardi in the fifth inning leaving Freddy Garcia in to pitch with a man on third, when everyone within a hundred miles of the stadium knew he was going to throw a wild pitch and allow the runner to score.
  • Then with the game tied in the seventh, with no one out and the 4-5-6 hitters coming up, third base coach Ron Thompson decides to send Nick Swisher home rather than holding him at third.  Oh wait, Rodriguez, Teixeira, and Granderson are all hitting below .160 so maybe that decision made a lot of sense.  And in fact, A-Rod and Tex both proceeded to strike out, so scratch this one — Thompson clearly knew what he was doing.
  • Then in the 11th Girardi pinch runs for Russell Martin, and then proceeds to have Brett Gardner sacrifice.  Why bother with a speed substitution if you are going to bunt the runner over anyway?  And oh by the way, Gardner is hitting frigging .385 — he’s one of the hottest bats on the team right now.  Why have him sacrifice at all?
  • And then Buck Showalter topped all the stupid Yankee moves in the 12th, deciding to pitch to Raul Ibanez when Chris Stewart, an automatic out if there ever has been one, is due up next and can’t possibly be pinch hit for because of Girardi’s boneheaded decision to pinch run for Russell Martin earlier!

Oh well, that makes yet another very ugly win, but the way the Yankees are playing these days we’ll take ’em anyway we can!

And oh, how about that pitching?  We’ve now gone through the entire starting rotation and have one decent start to show for it.  Wasn’t it just last week I was harking on how there’s no such thing as too much pitching?  Andy Pettitte can’t get back in pinstripes soon enough!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E SO BB
Yankees 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 12 1 14 3
Orioles 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 1 15 5
WP: C. Rapada (1-0)   LP: P. Strop (0-1)   S: M. Rivera (1)
HR: NYY – D. Jeter, BAL– J. Hardy
LOB: NYY 12, BAL 8   RISP: NYY 2-for-18, BAL 0-for-8

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