Monday night, Marcus Thames went to bed a hero.
Wednesday morning, Marcus Thames will wake up a zero.
Thames had a catastrophic error in the 9th inning, which would have ended the inning with the score tied at 5-5, instead of 7-5 Red Sox.
It was a textbook catch, which cost the Yankees game.
Before this mess started, for a second time this season, Red Sox Josh Beckett took the meaning of slack to a new level.
Beckett, a certifiable ace in the past, has been a problem in his two outings against the Yankees. Red Sox has been led by Beckett’s dominating influence for years.
Add a lot of injuries, along with a faint Big Poppi, and Terry Francona has his work cut out for him.
Regardless, the Yankees giving up a 5-1 lead in the 8th inning is a complete embarrassment. CC Sabathia battles the awful conditions, keeping the Red Sox at just one run and handing his team the game on a silver platter.
Even with Boston struggling badly, the Yankees cannot act like they won a game, before it’s over.
Monday night, the Yankees got lucky after giving up the same immense lead.
Tonight, it was already too late and just sloppy baseball all around from both sides.
Tomorrow night, the Tampa Bay Rays will appear in the Bronx for two games.
The Rays, as we know, lead the AL East and with 3.0 game lead against the Yankees.
The third place Toronto Blue Jays are now just 2.0 games back for moving into second place.
Considering the Blue Jays are playing the Seattle Mariners who are not in the AL East, the door is wide open to close the gap on the Bombers.
Tonight’s loss should have been a win, for two reasons.
- The Yankees are better than the Red Sox now. By no means can any team goof off on a team like Boston and think they won’t take advantage of it.
- Losing tonight makes splitting the games with the Rays unacceptable because the seat has no cushion on it anymore.
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