Originally written April 25, 2013 on Lady At The Bat:
Over the past week, the New York Yankees have played seven games and have committed at least one error in five of them. They also lost four of those five games. Given that the current Yankees (despite maintaining power levels that few expected) do not resemble the well-rounded offensive juggernauts of previous years, pitching and defense are all the more important.A clean game keeps the fielders on their toes and, more importantly, keeps the pitch counts of the starters low. A sloppy game, on the other hand, can be deflating especially when they lead to unearned runs. On Wednesday night this trend continued as Brennan Boesch, the backup outfielder getting a rare start against the Tampa Bay Rays, committed an error on a Kelly Johnson single. Boesch came in to field the ball which skipped through his legs causing him to turn around and chase a turf-aided baseball that was speeding toward the right field wall.Jose Molina, who can be generously described as lumbering, reached second...
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