Yankees Try to Get Cute, Suffer Ugly Loss

June 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Yankees Try to Get Cute, Suffer Ugly Loss

" We are all entitled to our bad days, days when things we normally handle without a sweat become incredibly difficult and the stresses of the moment prove to be overwhelming.

Joe Girardi had just such an experience against the White Sox on Thursday night. Girardi's bullpen management has been brilliant this season with his ability to survive while Mariano Rivera and David Robertson were both out was his finest hour as Yankee manager, but that doesn't change the fact that he drove the plane directly into the mountain in the ninth inning of the 4-3 loss.

Ivan Nova got into the eighth, striking out five and allowing one run despite getting hit hard and the Yankees held a 3-1 lead after Cody Eppley finished the eighth. The Yankees weren't going to use Rafael Soriano to close things out because he had pitched in four of the previous five games so it seemed safe to assume David Robertson would close things out.

There's an old saying about why assuming is a bad idea and it was proved true on Thursday when Girardi stuck with Eppley to start the ninth even though Robertson was warming up in the pen "

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