Ramiro Pena turned out to be the goat of what became a 3-2 Yankees’ loss in 10 innings to the Mets at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon.
But an inning before he made his second error in the 10th, which led to the game-winning run, Pena didn’t know it.
He’d just let a ground ball go through his legs, which allowed Lucas Duda to try to score.
Luckily for Pena, however, Brett Gardner had other ideas.
Gardner alertly fielded the ball and fired a strike to Russell Martin at home.
It was a bit wide, but there in plenty of time for Martin to corral it and tag out Duda for the final out of the ninth.
“It was just a case of not giving up on it,” Gardner said. “I knew I had plenty of time, I just tried to make a good throw. It was a little wide, but Russ had time to get back to the plate.”
Gardner also snapped out of an 0-for-13 skid by leading off the eighth with a triple and scoring what appeared to be the decisive run when Curtis Granderson drove him home with a sacrifice fly. He later added a single.
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Freddy Garcia said he wasn’t given and adequate chance to warm up and Robinson Cano said the batters didn’t get a chance to get enough hitting in before the game because they thought the game was going to start at 4 p.m.
But at 2 p.m. they were told the game was going to start at 2:30.
"Freddy didn’t have enough time," Girardi said. "So we went to the umps and said he needed more time."
The game was delayed until 2:40, and Garcia actually held it up for a bit as he walked from the bullpen to the Yankees' dugout.
It ended up not really affecting Garcia, who gave up just one run in seven innings.
However, Cano and the rest of the Yankees’ lineup struggled against Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for the first four innings of the game.
Still, the Yankees were an out away from winning, so it’s mostly just much to do about nothing.
• Here's Girardi's explanation of the play in which Martin appeared to elude Daniel Murphy's tag after getting caught in a rundown between second and third base in the seventh.
"I didn’t think he tagged him," said Girardi, who went out to argue with third base umpire Brian Knight and second base umpire Jerry Layne. "(Brian) said he saw a tag, so I tried to ask for help. Jerry came over and said he had him out of the baseline."