Road Trip From Hell Ends Badly

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Denard Span singles through the hole between third and short to knock in go-ahead run versus Yankees on May 20, 2015 in Nationals Park

Game 41 : Who couldn’t see this coming? What began on a high note 8 days ago with a 11-5 win in Tampa, ended fittingly tonight in Washington with pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez getting jobbed on a third strike call that was well out of the zone, with the possible tying run on base in a 3-2 loss to the Nationals.
When the road trip began, the Yankees were in first place with a 21-12 record and a 3-game lead over the second place Tampa Rays. They were coming off a long stretch of very well-played baseball. After a 9-game trip that took them through Tampa, Kansas City and Washington, DC, the Yanks are now 22-19, and somehow still clinging to a piece of first place, tied with the Rays.
Starter Adam Warren pitched well enough to win tonight in Washington, but was betrayed by poor defense and a lack of timely hitting.

Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Nationals 3, Yankees 2

  • Adam Warren   Another solid outing for the number 5 starter…
  • Bryce Harper Ejected   It was encouraging at the moment but ended up having no effect on who the victor would be in this contest. Here’s video of the highjinks.
  • Weak AL East   After the last week of poor overall play, the Yankees are lucky be where they are in standings. The whole division is sucking right now, as every team in the division lost tonight, with no one playing over .500 in the last 10 games. If there is a good time to stink, the Yankees picked one.
  • Hey! A Highlight!   Chase Headley makes a nice play….

  • The Offense   Once again the Yankees take an early lead then mail in it for the rest of game, with no ability to tack on runs and eventually are overtaken by the opponent. This is a maddening pattern that has to stop.
  • The Defense   Washington’s go-ahead run in the bottom of 7th inning should not have happened. A misplay on a sharply hit grounder to Chase Headley at third started the inning. It was a smash, but one Headley has fielded cleanly 1,000 times. After an Adam Warren walk to the next batter, Carlos Beltran inexplicably seemed to give up at the last second on a Denard Span foul ball deep in right field. After a long run, he appeared to be in position to make the catch but stopped at the last second, pulled his glove back and watched it bounce in front of him. Span’s at-bat continued and he ends up singling in the eventual winning run.

    “He gave it everything he had. He tried his best to get there…” ‐ Joe Girardi on the Beltran play.

FOOTNOTES : With Jacoby Ellsbury on the 15-day DL, the club called up Slade Heathcott from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Don’t miss Chad Jennings’ pre-game notes over at LoHud: “I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play again” …. The Bombers have lost 7 of their last 8 games, finally heading home for a weekend series against the Texas Rangers.


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