Alfonso Soriano has been a godsend at the plate since he was reacquired in late July, but his base-running gaffe in the ninth inning turned out to be a pivotal moment in the Yanks’ demoralizing 9-8 loss in 10 innings to the Red Sox Thursday night.
Soriano was picked off by lefty reliever Craig Breslow attempting to steal third base as the potential winning run — with Curtis Granderson at the plate and Alex Rodriguez on deck.
“You can’t get thrown out,” said Joe Girardi, who closed his eyes and lowered his head to the dugout railing for several seconds after Soriano was tagged out in a rundown.
“Very good move, so after I got to second, he picked me off one time, so I thought maybe he doesn’t want to pick twice and he got me on the second move,” Soriano said. “This is my game, be aggressive on the bases, try to get to third with less than two outs and they made a very good play right there.”
Earlier in the inning, Soriano also nearly was picked off, but he was credited with a stolen base when first baseman Daniel Nava dropped Breslow’s throw.
Posted: September 06, 2013 at 04:59 AM | 86 comment(s)
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