The Yankees decided to intentionally walk Evan Longoria with two outs in the 6th inning and a 3-1 lead. Wil Myers made sure that was a mistake by hitting his first career home run, an opposite field grand slam.

Interestingly, on the replay it looks like the ball might have bounced back on to the field after hitting the top of the wall, but the ball then hit Brett Gardner’s glove and went out.

The Yankees fans did throw the ball back onto the field (see 0:25 mark of second video) so Myers will be able to keep the ball.

Here’s the video with the call from Rays radio…

And here is another video with the call from the Yankees radio crew. There are some closer replays of the play at the wall…

 
 

18 Comments

  1. JJ says:

    If we lose this game it’s entirely on Maddon, Screw sabermetrics.

  2. JJ says:

    What’s Maddon’s WAR this year?

  3. JJ says:

    4 lefties in a row bring in a RH pitcher, 3 righties in a row bring in a LH pitcher. Square peg, round hole Jo Ma. You are not bigger than the game. A**hole.

  4. Beazy says:

    Thanks Cork for posting this. I heard it, now I’ve seen it… #WilDaBeast

  5. VMF says:

    JJ your an idiot. if Maddon were fired today. Every team except maybe the Yankees would think about hiring him in a heart beat. If you look at the numbers Peralta is better v. lefties than Magee who is better against righties. To an idiot fan who knows nothing about the game and matchups you might think it should always be lefty on lefty. How bout we lose because we had over 8 walks and 2 errs. If your a Rays fan go walk off the Gandy.

    • JJ says:

      Figures lie and liars figure. Maddon uses numbers and stats just like Bernie Madoff. His brilliance has us in last place.

    • Ken says:

      According to the Baseball Reference web site the statistical difference between Peralta and McGee versus the batters in that inning is miniscule. Maddon went with the computer hunch and it didn’t work out. Maybe he should have just stuck with Torres. Bottom line is that the players didn’t perform as they were modeled to do.

  6. ed says:

    wait had a headache laid down figured they had this one , what happened? oh well i guess there is always tomorrow

  7. Craig says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more and joe waited one batter to long to bring in Torres.

  8. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Actually, had the ump called strike three when McGee threw it then the Yankees never get the lead and JoMa comes out smelling like roses. In fact, the first pitch of the at-bat was also a strike that wasn’t called.

    • Ken says:

      For a season that’s less than half finished this team’s had far too many “ifs” and “hads” and not enough “dids”. All teams are at the mercy of the umps and their glaring inconsistencies. Good teams overcome, poor teams don’t. Right now the Rays play and Maddon manages much better on paper than they do on the field.

      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        Agreed.

        I was simply trying to indicate how differently this conversation would be going had either of those pitches been called properly. The Rays have done nothing to make any of us believe that they belong in the same conversation as real playoff contenders.

        Seeing the Yankees B-team beating up the AL is disheartening in itself, the Rays perpetually underachieving (or more precisely, achieving exactly what their talent allows) just makes it hurt more.

        • Ken says:

          Yeah, I’ve never seen a season where so many games hinge on a ball/strike calls.
          Watched the game at my local beach watering hole and heard the following post game analysis from a fellow Rays fan: “Giradi cost us this game. He should have pinch hit for those lefty batters in the 7th ’cause he knew Peralta was so “tough” on lefties. But he didn’t ’cause he’s such a dumb traditional manager.’
          Needless to say I was speechless.

  9. Ken says:

    What’s most upsetting about yesterday’s game is that Myers play is getting lost in the shuffle. Great game Wil, keep them coming.

  10. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    You know what else?

    If I see Desmond Jennings half-walking to first on a pop-up or soft grounder one more time I might lose my ever-loving mind!!

    Seeing Myers beat-out that play to first should make DJ ashamed of himself for never showing that same sort of hustle.

    • Ken says:

      Agree again. I don’t know what’s up but it sure seems like certain players have been dogging it lately. During Friday’s post game press conference a reporter asked Maddon about an incident that happened in the dugout early in the game. Maddon blew him off. Do you know what that was about?

      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        No. Didn’t watch the post game or pre-game Friday. Loney seems to be another culprit. He rarely even breaks in to a jog when he hits a routine grounder.

        Players like Jaso, Giminez, Myers (for now), Kapler, etc. used to force at least 1-2 errors a season by hustling to first as well as actually just beating the play altogether once in a while.

        I’ve always been a proponent of a nice, laid-back clubhouse environment, but I can’t stop myself from believing that the lack of hustle is a reflection of that laid-back atmosphere.

        As a teacher, and as a parent, I learned very early that being laid-back creates a nice home/classroom environment, but if you don’t make it loud and clear that you’re unhappy once in a while you lose control of the kids/students.

  11. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.

    Better to lose with dignity than to win with shame.

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