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First of all, a 2-hour plus rain delay in that situation is ridiculous. Second, FOX switching coverage to FX in the top of the ninth with two outs and a full count on Robinson Cano so they can show the start of a Nascar race is idiotic. Third, Joe Girardi made his first devastating mistake of the season today, and I really think it cost the Yanks the game.

Mike Mussina threw 6 excellent innings tonight. When you get 6 solid innings from Moose you have to thank your lucky stars and prepare for the inevitable collapse, because it's coming and it's coming quick. When Moose went out for the bottom of the seventh today, Girardi should've had two guys from the well-rested pen up and warming from the get go. Bruney and Traber should've been throwing, they should've been ready, and they should've been in the game. Instead, Girardi stuck with Mussina to face David Ortiz with runners on second and third. That was mistake number one. Mussina made him look like a genius by striking Ortiz out, but it was luck. Then, with runners on second and third and two outs Girardi went to the mound to talk to Mussina. Apparently, he left it up to Mussina what to do with Manny. The rest is history. A double for Ramirez to give the Sox the lead, Bruney into the game a batter too late. The Yanks left with a hole too big do dig out of.

Not going to the pen was the first fatal mistake, pitching to Manny was unforgivable in that situation. Horrible decisions by Girardi.

I feel like I'm beating a dead horse here, but Melky Cabrera did another great job in a big situation. For the second game in a row, the Yanks desperately needed a run with Melky at the plate with 1 out and Jose Molina on third. For the second game in a row, Melky delivered with a fly ball deep enough to plate the mammoth catcher.

Robinson Cano showed signs of life with a 2-4 game and a tough, tough at bat which ultimately ended the game. The sooner he breaks out the better. In the good news column, Alberto Gonzalez continued his strong play in his fill-in role for Jeter.

One last bone to pick. The Yanks were down 4-3 going into the top of the ninth. Jason Giambi was leading off against Papelbon, who blew A-Rod away on three pitches to end the eighth. The Sox played the typical shift, leaving the entire left side of the infield wide open. Why isn't Giambi bunting in that situation? It's a free base runner in a situation where you know Giambi is going to be overpowered. In a situation like that, where the other team is handing you a base runner, you absolutely have to take it.

Player of The Game: Mike Mussina (Not his fault Girardi left him in too long)
Team Record: 6-6
Damon's Broken Bats: 0 (The black bat is unbreakable.)

Phil Hughes vs. Dice-K tomorrow night on ESPN in the rubber game.
by Brian on Apr 12 2008
Tags: Mike Mussina | Red Sox |