Friday, May 12, 2017

1-for-4 with an RBI (on catcher's interference).

With two outs in the ninth, as the tying run, a single and a stolen base:

"The much-maligned 33-year-old Ellsbury needs a mulligan after his blunder-filled performance against the AL West-leading Houston Astros on Thursday evening.

It all began in the bottom of the first inning, as the Bleacher Creatures were still going through roll call. ‘Stros No. 2 hitter, Josh Reddick hit a dying quail headed for shallow center — Didi Gregorius did what all good shortstops do, and started for the ball.

Turning his back to the infield, Gregorius sprinted onto the outfield grass, hoping that the center fielder would take charge and call him off. Problem is, Ellsbury never did.

Perhaps the $153 million man didn’t get a good read on the ball off the bat, or maybe he thought Gregorius had a better angle to the popup than he — whatever the reason, Ellsbury never went full speed, and the ball fell in for a single.

Two batters later, Carlos Correa slammed a game-changing two-run homer."

One blunder.

Ellsbury didn't give up the freaking HR.

"Offensively, Ellsbury wasn’t much better, as he struck out in his first at-bat, and then weakly grounded into a double play in the third inning."

Dallas Keuchel has an ERA of about 0.00.

"However, in the fifth inning, he did drive in the Yankees’ first run, by doing something he’s done 28 times before — draw catcher’s interference.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Ellsbury’s backswing made contact with former teammate Brian McCann‘s glove to erase starter Dallas Kuechel’s shutout.

Unfortunately, the rally soon came to a halt when Gary Sanchez bounced out to third."

Gary Sanchez blunder.

For a blunder-filled evening, I only count one Ellsbury blunder.

"Fast forward to the final frame. With runners on second and third and two outs, Sanchez slapped a single to left field. Running on contact, Ellsbury was wheeling around third base, but Jake Marisnick, who came into the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning, gunned down the fleet-footed Ellsbury at home to put the game to rest."

 Not a blunder.

Almost tied the game in the ninth.


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