A famous broadcaster once again, ‘Welp, you can’t predict baseball, Suzyn’. Oh how the irony reigns supreme.
With the Yankees clinging to a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning with TB runners on first and second, a fly ball was hit fairly deep to center. The Grandy Man went back and lost the ball in the ceiling. We’ve seen him make that routine play time after time, but Granderson lost the ball in the ceiling, allowing all runners to advance. Boone Logan induced a grounder back to the mound for the 1-2-3 double play, but it hopped off his glove, allowing the Rays to take the lead, 3-2. The Rays would not relinquish this lead, which leads me back to this famous saying: ‘You can’t predict baseball, Suzyn’.
Look, there are no excuses. Granderson has been great all season long, but minor gaffes like this happen. It just happened to cost the Yanks a W tonight. If he makes this play, who knows if the Yankees would go on to win. The error is just magnified in the loss.
Granderson’s slipup overshadowed the important story from today’s game—Bartolo Colon’s strong start. Colon was credited with the loss, but he was great tonight. He scattered five hits over 6.1 while striking out a season high nine Rays. His last start in Toronto (2/3 innings, eight runs) has caused many to overreact, but giving the Yanks a shot to win is all the Yankees can ask for. He was on his game tonight, proving that the calf injury is a thing of the past.
Hats off to Rays starter, Jeremy Hellickson. He only gave up one big blow, a Robinson Cano two-run shot. He struck out seven Yankee hitters and kept them off balance all night.
Brett Gardner continued his hot streak, picking up two more hits and stealing two more bases. Gardner’s 29 stolen bases are tops in the American League.
What’s Next? Same two tomorrow night. Time to see if Freddy Garcia can bounce back.
Wednesday, 7:10 PM: Freddy Garcia (7-7, 3.43 ERA) vs. David Price (9-7, 3.73 ERA)