Gardner, Yankees sorry in Boston

July, 20, 2013
7/20/13
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BOSTON -- Brett Gardner slammed his helmet down, letting out all the frustration New York Yankees fans are experiencing night in and night out. In the fifth, Gardner badly wanted to bring home a runner from second and tie the game with a hit. Instead he watched a borderline 3-2 pitch be called for strike three.

The Yankees would never get the lead. They would lose 4-2 to the Boston Red Sox. And although Andy Pettitte didn't pitch well enough, it was again the Yankees' inability to score that led to their third straight loss.

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Winslow Townson/USA TODAY SportsIf things don't change fast, Brett Gardner won't be the only Yankee throwing a fit.
So when Gardner saw the called strike three from home plate ump Mike Everitt, he took his helmet off and boom. He slammed it to the ground with two hands, which is, as usually the case, an automatic ejection.

"The bottom line is I have to have better control of my emotions and not do what I did," Gardner said.

Gardner apologized to Joe Girardi because his temper forced Girardi to lose one of his two better players. Instead, Alberto Gonzalez had to play the outfield, while Luis Cruz moved to third because of Zoilo Almonte's injury.

"What I did was wrong," Gardner said.

His manager defended him and said he shouldn't have been tossed, but the frustration of the losing and the lack of runs at some point has to mount on guys like Gardner's shoulders.

"It was building up a little bit," Gardner said.

Gardner wouldn't go any further into it, so it was unclear if his problem was with the umpiring or the way the offense can't score any runs. This makes it hard for the Yankees' starters.

Pettitte again did not come through with a quality start, but he wasn't awful. In fact, after giving up homers in each of the first two innings, Pettitte threw well. Jacoby Ellsbury took him deep on the second pitch of the first inning. But then Petitte settled down in the middle innings and pitched into the seventh. The fourth run he gave up was on a bloop ground-rule double, and then Shawn Kelley let the inherited run come home in the seventh.

Pettitte, who is now 7-7 with a 4.47 ERA, expects more from himself, so he was beating himself up a little, while vowing that it will get better.

"It is not going the way I want it to, but it will turn," Pettitte said.

If not, Gardner won't be the only one erupting.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.271 16 70 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146