Thursday, July 25, 2013
Postgame notes: Five things to know
By Wallace Matthews
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Yankees lost 3-1 to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday for the same reason they have suffered most of their 48 losses this season: They didn't hit.
But you knew that already.
Here are five things you might not have known:
1. Brett Gardner, who thought he had gone 1-for-4 with a run scored, received a pleasant surprise after the game when he learned the scoring had been changed on the sixth-inning play that resulted in the Yankees' only run of the game.
Brett Gardner advanced to third on a two-base error in the sixth inning. He scored the Yankees' lone run.
Gardner made it all the way to third when hit hit a comebacker to Rangers pitcher Matt Garza, who first bobbled it, then fired the ball into right field. The play was originally scored a three-base error on the pitcher, but afterward, the official scorer changed it to a single and a two-base error. Gardner grinned when he found out -- "I was only halfway to first when he picked up the ball," he said -- and chuckled when asked how seriously he had considered trying to score on the play.
2. Shawn Kelley might have allowed Texas' insurance run on pinch hitter David Murphy's towering eighth-inning home run, but Kelley is also by far the stingiest member of the Yankees' bullpen when it comes to allowing inherited runners to score. He stranded two more Wednesday and has allowed just two of 25 inherited runners to score.
3. This was Joe Girardi's explanation for stopping on the way to the mound to collect Andy Pettitte when he saw Rangers manager Ron Washington emerge from the Texas dugout to argue with home plate umpire Lance Barksdale: "I just wanted to make sure that the hitter wasn't coming back to hit. I wasn't exactly sure what was going on so I'm not going to go out there and signal and maybe he calls the hitter back, something happened, somebody calls time out. I wanted to make sure that the play was standing. Ron Washington came out, he got a hit, what if he calls it back someone that called time out and I go like this."
No, I don't get it, either.
4. Travis Hafner sat for the second straight game against a right-handed starter, although Girardi did send him up to hit for Chris Stewart in the eighth inning. Hafner grounded out to first. His future with this team might be in jeopardy.
5. When Melky Mesa made his major league debut Tuesday night, he became the 46th player to play in a game for the Yankees this season, surpassing last year's total of 45 in just the 100th game of the season. The franchise record is 51, last accomplished in 2008. That mark seems destined to fall this season.