The Yankees were absolutely atrocious when they needed to be adequate; they choked when all they had to do was trip over themselves to score. They have no one to blame for this loss but themselves (and yes, I’m going to go into a whole tangent about the umpiring in a second). Everything boils down to this: the Yankees had the bases loaded twice with no outs. They scored two runs in both of those circumstances combined, on two sacrifice flies in the first inning. That kind of production will not get the job done.
They loaded the bases in the first inning, and came away with a two-run lead. They would not score again. Their 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position looks even worse when you consider that both hits were by Nick Swisher–and he didn’t get an RBI. So even when the Yankees got the RISP hits, they couldn’t score.
It looks even worse when you realize that Ricky Romero was terrible.… Click here to read the rest