The Yankees have now lost 2 straight after winning 7 in row. For the second time in 2 games they blew a late lead Monday evening in losing to Cleveland 6-3. This time it was an inexcusable, overaggressive attempt at a defensive play by Alex Rodriguez that cost the Bombers the win.
Leading 2 to nothing with 2 outs and runner on first in the Cleveland half of the 7th Lonnie Chisenhall sliced a foul ball toward the left field stands. Gardner, who covers the most ground of any leftfielder in baseball charged in and seemed to have a read on the ball. A-Rod for some strange reason charged out. To avoid a collision, both players pulled up and the ball dropped foul. AJ Burnett would walk Chisenhall, gave up a base hit to Shelley Duncan and an opposite field homer to Austin Kearns – essentially gift wrapping a 4-2 lead the Indians would not relinquish. Final score: Cleveland 6, Yankees 3.
This is just asinine. A Rod and Gardner have been out there all year. A Rod knows Gardner’s speed and openly admits he (Alex) struggles on pop-ups. Plus with his recent knee injury, hip ailments and the day-to-day bumps and bruises a 36 year old player such as Rodriguez should not even be attempting a play like this.
This lax defense has been a symptom of Joe Girardi’s regime as Yankee manager (see Pena, Ramiro on Sunday). Sloppy play in the field after a long winning streak. I hope to hell Girardi addressed it with A Rod after the game. It’s baseball 101 that coming in for a fly ball the outfielder has the right to call off an infielder. A Rod should know that and the skill set of his teammates, especially a speedster like Brett Gardner.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Sennott
I was born in the heart of the AL East in the late 70's and am a huge Yankees fan. (Don't hate) I have moved around to a lot of solid baseball markets in my life(Boston, Chicago, Detroit) and was a part-time reporter, producer, blogger, and on air personality for WDFN Radio Sportsradio 1130 The Fan in Detroit. I still live in the "D" and am married with one beautiful 9 month old daughter. My girls are my life. In my media career I've interviewed players, managers and executives in the sport and would love to get back in the business full time. Baseball is my passion. I look forward to shooting straight about the Yanks and M.L.B in my new blog and getting your feedback.