Was it strike three to Cano? A's think so
August, 23, 2011
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
But if you ask Bailey, the game should have ended one hitter earlier.
Bailey threw a 3-2 pitch down the middle of the plate to Robinson Cano. Home plate ump Gary Cederstrom called the pitch a ball. But Bailey disagreed.
"I thought it was a strike," Bailey said. "But I can't let it get to that point."
Bailey took the mound in the ninth with a 6-3 lead but immediately surrendered a long home run to Jorge Posada. Russell Martin followed with a double and Brett Gardner reached on an error by third baseman Scott Sizemore.
Derek Jeter, who was 3-for-3 entering the ninth inning, laid down a sacrifice to get Martin and Gardner to third and second, respectively.
After a Mark Teixeira pop-out and Curtis Granderson walk, Cano drew the questionable walk to plate Martin, which set up Swisher's deep drive to right.
"The way I saw Coco running at it, I was like, he usually takes that run when he has to rob something so I wasn't too happy," he said.
Bailey, a Wagner College grad, was relieved when Crisp caught it at the wall.
"I shouldn't have been in that position," he said.