Sunday, July 31, 2005
Seventy Nine Pitches: Yankees 8, Angels 7
Shields Gregg will get this loss. But it's really Scioscia's.
Update: Let's count the number of times this game was lost:
- Scioscia pulls Bootcheck at 79 pitches after the sixth. Let us give him a break for the moment; perhaps Bootcheck has a history of imploding in the seventh inning. After all, his 4.72 ERA record with Salt Lake didn't come out of nowhere.
- Darin Erstad allows a screaming ground ball to go through his legs in the bottom of the eighth. He looked, on that one play, like Jason Giambi. God help me.
- Scioscia allows Shields to throw in the 8th after he gave up a walk to Posada. Posada had been ineffective in the previous two games. I'm not sure I buy this, but I expect you'll hear a lot of guys complaining about it; but really, who else do you go to?
- Orlando Cabrera fails to field a routine ground ball. Yup, this was the killer. Stoneman's $32 million dollar boy botches a routine ground ball.