Yankees can't close deal in Chicago

August, 8, 2013

CHICAGO -- The Yankees sit at the lowest point of their season, where they are not only losing games but assigning blame. The manager said one of his relievers should have fielded a ball to finish the game in the 12th inning. The legendary closer thought the infamous third baseman might have been able to get a ball to prevent a blown save in the ninth.

This is what happens when you are the New York Yankees, after you get swept by one of the worst teams in baseball, the Chicago White Sox, a team that had lost 10 games in a row entering the series.

The Yankees were a strike away from victory on Wednesday, but instead lost a 12-inning marathon, 6-5.

[+] EnlargeAlejandro De Aza
AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastAlejandro De Aza recorded a two-run, walk-off triple in the 12th inning.
They finished 2-6 on this road trip, sit just a game over .500 and have lost 14 of 20.

After Robinson Cano hit his first home run in nearly a month in the top of the 12th, Joe Girardi -- feeling the rest of his bullpen was spent, although he had Shawn Kelley and Boone Logan available -- stuck with Adam Warren.

Warren retired the first two batters of the 12th, but with two strikes, Tyler Flowers hit a comebacker that deflected off Warren's glove. It seemed like a relatively hard play, but his manager thought he should have made it.

"I'm not sure how he missed it," Girardi said. "It is a play he probably makes 99 out of 100 times. It is kind of the way the road trip has been."

Warren added, "I usually make that play."

A single and a triple later, Warren and the Yankees were losers.

Before Warren couldn't finish off the game, Mariano Rivera failed to do it, too. In the ninth, Rivera retired the first two batters he faced before a Gordon Beckham double and an Adam Dunn two-strike single. Dunn's ball went by none other than Alex Rodriguez.

"I thought Alex was right there, but when I saw it was to his left, a little too far for him," Rivera said. "That was that."

Did A-Rod think he could've gotten to it?

"Not really," Rodriguez said. "It just rocketed by me."

In all honesty, A-Rod didn't have much of a chance to get to the ball.

In the 11th, Rodriguez came up with a man on third and had a chance to be the hero. But he grounded out to end the inning.

"It would have been great," Rodriguez said.

Instead, it was another horrible night and now A-Rod returns to the Bronx, where the Detroit Tigers await.

"We were down to the last strike twice," Girardi said. "We were down to the last out twice. For whatever reason, we didn't get it done."
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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