Eduardo Nunez made his first-ever start in left field for the Yankees on Monday night and had a clean game in the field, prompting manager Joe Girardi to give Nunez another start in left on Tuesday.
Before Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Girardi even talked about playing Nunez more in the outfield as the season progresses.
A few hours later, however, Girardi's decision cost him, as Nunez committed a two-run error that allowed the Orioles to extend their lead over the Yankees to 6-1.
With runners on first and third and two outs in the top of the sixth, Nick Johnson hit a relatively soft line drive to left, which should have been caught to end the inning with the Yankees still trailing 4-1. Instead, Nunez misjudged the ball and saw it drop in front of him, allowing both runners to score.
It was Nunez's third error of the season, after the 24-year-old made 20 errors a season ago, all in the infield.