Thursday, June 28, 2012
White Sox 4 Yankees 3: Grand Theft Tank
It's always fun to steal a win. It's more fun when you steal a win in New York against the Yankees.
Especially when it comes at the expense of some over-management by Joe Girardi.
In the ninth Girardi decided he needed to use a pitcher per hitter, and after Alex Rios led the inning off with a single, he brought in Clay Rapada to get A.J. Pierzynski. Pierzynski then hit a ground ball back to Rapada who turned around and fired a throw into centerfield.
Girardi then brought in David Robertson to face Dayan Viciedo and Viciedo promptly hit a three-run bomb off Robertson to give the Sox a 4-3 lead.
It was only the second hit the Sox had with a runner in scoring position all night, as they wasted quite a few opportunities throughout the game and it seemed like Alejandro De Aza (4 hits, including a homer) was the only hitter who came to play.
Which is a shame because it would have been nice to get Dylan Axelrod a win. He certainly deserved one.
While he gave up some hard hit balls, Axelrod went 7 innings and allowed only 2 runs against one of the most formidable lineups in baseball. Frankly, going into the game, I was hoping for 5 innings and 4 runs for Axelrod just to keep us in the game and he exceeded those expectations quite a bit.
As for the ninth inning, Addison Reed did what Addison Reed always does and got the save, but not before making things interesting. And by interesting I mean a Derek Jeter flyout to the wall with a runner on to end the game.
Would a couple one-two-three saves be too much to ask?