Yankees bullpen collapses in 5-4 loss to Angels
What in the name of the New York
Manager Joe Girardi’s winning streak in the postseason came to a crashing halt Monday when the Los Angeles
The 44-year-old Girardi was only the second manager to win his first five postseason games after leading the
But the second-youngest manager in the majors made some curious moves in the late innings of Game 3.
Chamberlain lasted one-third of an inning, and gave up a triple to
Then came left-hander
The All-Star closer escaped a sticky jam – the
“We thought we had Mo for an inning,” Girardi said. “I didn’t feel that I could stretch him out any further than that in that situation because of what we did the other day with him. So he had that inning, and that was it.”
Moments later, the game was over.
Aceves gave up a single to Kendrick and a long RBI double to left-center by Mathis. That left an obvious question: Why did Girardi lift Robertson with two outs and nobody on?
“As far as Robertson, we like the matchup with Ace better, the two guys,” Girardi said. “And it didn’t work.”
Girardi has played matchups with his pitchers and made several quick moves throughout the postseason, wearing out a path from the dugout to the mound.
“He’s not just going with the hot hand,” catcher
Girardi said the only way Rivera would have stayed in the game was if the
“I mean, it’s tough definitely, but you have to do whatever it takes,” Rivera said about adjusting to the quick changes. “It’s a tough decision for the manager. He made the best decision he could make.”
Rivera threw away a bunt by
“I had it, I had it in my palm so it was kind of tough to make a good throw,” Rivera said.
Before he went to Aceves, Girardi was busy consulting a binder of stats in the dugout.
“We have all the matchups, and all the scouting reports, and we felt that it was a better matchup for us,” he said.
It didn’t work for the