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
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.