NYY 5, Washington 3

June 16, 2012 – 6:22 pm

Joe Girardi has been over-managing the bullpen all year, but he’s been getting away with it because everyone in the bullpen is pitching so damned well. You just don’t yank a pitcher who is throwing strikes and getting batters out for no reason other than some extremely small sample size statistic says one pitcher has maybe a 2% better chance of getting someone out. And this over-managing almost cost the Yankees today when Girardi inexplicably pulled Andy Pettitte after 7 innings. Pettitte was cruising, having given up just two runs in the second — and those were a result of an infield single that should have been an error, a walk which should have been a strikeout except for two bad calls by the ump, and then a broken-bat double. In short, he was dominating the Nats, and his pitch count was only at 95. He clearly had one more shutout inning in him, but Girardi decided that made too much sense, and went to the bullpen — and three batters later, Pettitte’s win was stolen from him, and we were on to extra innings.

But the way things are rolling for the Yankees these days, even Girardi’s brain farts can’t keep them from winning. Until the 14th, the offense was putting up a typical 0-for-13 performance with RISP — but then as has been their custom, they came up with the key hits when it mattered — Mark Teixeira of all people getting the game winner. And so the remarkable win streak continues, in spite of Girardi.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 8 1 13 9
Nationals 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 2 11 5
WP: F. Garcia (1-2)   LP: B. Lidge (0-1)   S: R. Soriano (12)
QS: NYY – A. Pettitte (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR)
QS: WSH – J. Zimmermann (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, WSH– I. Desmond
LOB: NYY 13, WSH 11   RISP: NYY 2-for-18, WSH 2-for-10

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