Just Dropped It

Vernon Wells bounced a single to shallow left-field leading-off the 9th inning against Colorado Rockies’ closer Rafael Betancourt (1-1, 1.88).  He was awarded a steal of 2nd-base when Rockies’ shortstop Jonny Herrera dropped a perfect pick-off throw from catcher Wilin Rosario.  Wells moved to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt from Ichiro Suzuki and after Betancourt struck-out Travis Hafner with the bases loaded, Brennan Boesch singled-in Wells with the winning run as the New York Yankees squeaked-out a 3-2 win over Colorado Wednesday night at Coors Field in Denver.  Super-slow-motion replays showed Nolan Arenado’s throw narrowly beat Boesch to 1st-base, but umpire Phil Cuzzi saw it otherwise, and the Rockies couldn’t put anything over on future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the inning.

A pair of 2-run homers constituted most of the action over the first eight innings.  Brett Gardner singled leading-off the game against Rockies starter Juan Nicasio and came around on Wells’ 7th of the season. Colorado tied it an inning and a half later when Rosario doubled with one out and Todd Helton followed with a big fly of his own, Helton’s 2nd of 2013.

Nicasio went 5 innings, throwing 91 pitches, 58 strikes.  He threw 61 of those pitches in innings 1, 2, and 3, 30 in innings 4 and 5.  He surrendered the 2 runs on 2 hits, struck-out 5 and walked one.  David Phelps went 6 for New York.  David Robertson (2-0, 3.55)  pitched the 8th for the win.  It was Rivera’s 12th 2013 save.

The Rockies’ bullpen continued its superior work.  Josh Outman relieved Nicasio in the 6th and delivered 2 shutout frames.  Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless eighth and Betancourt simply couldn’t overcome an excess of traffic in the controversial 9th.

The game came-off without weather issues despite a dire forecast.  More wet Rocky Mountain springtime is expected for Thursday afternoon when the two teams meet for the series at 1:10 pm MDT at Coors Field.  Jeff Francis (1-1, 7.27) will go for Colorado against New York ace CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.31). No blackout.  TV’s on ROOT.

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Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

The Herrera drop was very crucial to the Yanks scoring their run in the 9th, sucks to lose a game like that. Very well pitched game again, tough loss for the Rox. Can anyone believe the strike zone in the 9th for Rivera? Oh my gosh, talk about expanding your strike zone in a very obvious way home plate umpire. And we aren’t talking about 1 pitch here, there were at least 5 pitches that were not called strikes all… Read more »

DRH
DRH
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

Balls that were outside to lefties, and balls down ‘in the zone’, we’re called strikes that had not been earlier. However, as near as I could tell, each pitch of Rivera’s went exactly where he planned. Catcher never moved the glove. I haven’t seen control like that, ever.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  DRH

really? even when he was pitching to Rosario???

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

Welcome to my world. Yes I’ve seen and more than once. It’s the Yankees, it’s Rivera, He’s retiring. Right, wrong, or indifferent there is no denying the strike got large. Some of the same pitch locations that were called balls for Bentancourt for called strikes.

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
7 years ago

Game in 3 notes: Just dropped it. The runner was out! The ump might as well have bowed to the ground for Mariano.

Also, I don’t recall whether Dex’s whiffs in the field hurt, but the second one was a doozy. Wet field, my foot, Frazier.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Rivera’s large k zone was doubly painful since Betancourt was being squeezed. He pretty much needed pinpoint accuracy to get any calls.

The Rockies just can’t get any traction. Still haven’t won 2 in a row for about 3 weeks. Not going to get any easier next week. The rest of the month has a lot of divisional matchups. I guess I can be happy playing around .500 ball but sure would be nice to get a mini streak somewhere.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

We often hear how any team, regardless of what they do, will win 54 games in a season, lose 54. It’s what they do in the other 54 games that will define their season. Though I agree with this theory, I sometimes have a hard time deciding where to categorize a certain game. Does it go in column A, B, or C? For instance, where would you put last night’s game? The Rox didn’t hit well or play very good… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Herrara dropping the ball was a big thing. I’m a Yankee fan for 159 games this year, but not these 3. I thought Boesch was out but that was a bang-bang play and ump had to make the call right away. If Johnny H. had held onto the ball it wouldn’t make a difference. Even if Tulo couldn’t hit he would make a difference. Certainly hope he plays today. Riveria got those calls in the 9th. However last week I… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

I noticed it but was not going to comment until I read those above. The sudden change in the strike zone was ridiculous. ‘Nuf said.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

The bad part about the zone was it was just so blatanly obvious. I mean I have never seen a zone expand to that degree for a pitcher before. And like I said, it wasn’t just one pitch. Not blaming the loss in no way shape or form on that, just one of those things.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Agreed Cameo. It was pretty sad.

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