Alex Rodriguez called it a routine play. But there was nothing routine about the outcome. And at the end of it, Rodriguez looked like a 2011 version of Bill Buckner.
When Kevin Youkilis hit a grounder to third with one out in the seventh, Rodriguez said he was thinking double play off the bat. So he didn’t look Youkilis’ slow grounder into his glove. The roller ended up trickling through his legs, allowing Dustin Pedroia to score and give the Red Sox a two-run lead in the seventh.
“We hurt ourselves over and over with the glove and tonight was an example of me not making a routine play,” Rodriguez said. “Just being overambitious and (trying to) get two when I should have just gotten one.”
The run proved even more costly because the Yankees scored what would have been the tying run in the bottom of the inning, thanks to a Rodriguez RBI double.
The hit was a rarity for Rodriguez this week. He finished the six-game homestand 5-for-25 and is hitting just .250. In a related note, the Yankees went 1-5 and have lost a season-high five straight. They've lost five straight, matching their longest skid in the Joe Girardi Era. They were also swept by Boston at home for the first time since April 23-25 in the 2004 season.
“It seems like when things are going bad, they’re going bad,” Joe Girardi said.
One thing that's going really bad? The Yankees' defense. They were extremely sloppy on the six-game homestand. In addition to Rodriguez's error on Sunday, they committed three in the three-game series against Kansas City.
Said Rodriguez: “We can talk about it over and over but the bottom line is we’ve got to play better …. There’s too much talent in this clubhouse. We’re excited about turning the leaf and moving forward to playing good baseball.”