Oct 20, 2009, 1:08 PM EDT
Sam Borden of the New York Journal News notes that Joe Girardi didn’t have much of a postgame explanation for why he pulled David Robertson for fellow right-hander Alfredo Aceves last night, saying merely that he “liked the matchup better” against Howie Kendrick.
Kendrick, who was 1-for-2 lifetime against Robertson and had never faced Aceves, singled with two outs and then came around to score the game-winning run on Jeff Mathis’ double into the left-center field gap. After doing everything possible to over-manage the game in an extra-inning loss, Girardi’s “postgame press conference lasted about three minutes.”
In fairness, you probably wouldn’t stick around and talk to reporters either if you were still itching to make another pitching change.