There were many culprits in last night’s Yankee loss, from the ugly Yankee defense to Phil Hughes to Felix Dubront settling down and pitching beautifully after a rocky 1st. But the turning point clearly was the 7th inning, when the Yankee manager called on a certain righty recently brought back from being demoted to AAA. Cory Wade, who has been batting practice for over a month, was brought in to a 1 run game and proceeded to put the game out of reach. Many of us were scratching or heads as to why he was out there so long, and even why he was out there to begin with.
To recap, after a shaky 6th inning where Boone Logan appeared (to me) to be pitching around everyone until he got to Salty, Logan came out again for the 7th to get the lefty Adrian Gonzalez. A-Gon promptly lined a double to RF, and out came Girardi to call on Wade. The next batter was Cody Ross (R) with Sweeney (L) Gomez (R) and Ciraco (R) and two switch hitters in Nava and Punto. You always lean toward using righty pitchers in Fenway to stay away from the Monster and pitch to the big part of the ballpark, but that didn’t do Wade much good. He was victimized by a Russel Martin throwing error, but that was hardly a pivotal moment in the inning. The Sox battered Wade with triple, double, double, double steal and single. Even the outs were loud. With the lefty Ortiz due up Girardi came out of the dugout to get Clay Rapada and Wade’s night was mercifully over.
In any game, we all have our 2nd guesses as to what the heck the manager is doing with certain moves and why. Agree or disagree, there’s usually a solid explanation. With that out of the way here’s what Girardi was thinking as Wade was out there getting tattooed by the Red Sox, courtesy of Mark Feinsand via Sulia:
- For those that wondered why Girardi put Cory Wade in a one-run game on Saturday night, here’s what he was thinking: “We’re asking guys to do a little bit more than what they’re supposed to. … I didn’t want to use Eppley, I didn’t want to use Qualls, because I used them in the first game. We had to ask Cory to get us some outs and it kind of snowballed a little bit. … It’s too early to bring in Robertson and it’s too early to bring in Soriano. Those were kind of my options.”
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