- Last Updated: 7:01 AM, July 8, 2012
- Posted: 2:33 AM, July 8, 2012
BOSTON — It was a rough night for the Captain.
Derek Jeter’s suffered two lowlights in the Yankees’ 9-5 loss to the Red Sox in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. The Yankees flushed a 3-0 first-inning lead, but it was Jeter’s error in the sixth inning that played a critical part in Boston’s game-turning rally.
The Yankees were clinging to a 3-2 when Adrian Gonzalez led off with a single. That brought up Cody Ross, who smacked a grounder to the hole at short.
“There’s a possibility [of a double play in that instance], but we at least get one out,” Jeter said
Nope. Jeter muffed the grounder for his seventh error of the season, putting men on first and second with nobody out.
In those rare times Jeter does make a miscue, those errors often have a way of not turning out to be too costly. But he wouldn’t escape this time. After an out and a single loaded the bases with one out, Pedro Ciriaco delivered a three-run double, putting the Red Sox in front, 5-3, a lead they would never relinquish.
“We gave them way too many outs today,” Jeter said.
Jeter, who went 0-for-5, also made a questionable offensive decision in the top of the seventh. When he came up, the Yankees had closed the gap to 5-4, and Russell Martin was on first with two outs. If Jeter, facing righty Matt Albers, could reach base, the potential tying run would be in scoring position and the trio of Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano would be coming up.
Yet, curiously, Jeter bunted.
Jeter is regarded as an extremely intelligent player, but the decision is open for a second-guess. He entered the game in an 11-for-27 groove, and it was just the seventh inning. With Martin on first base, why bunt in that spot?
“I try to bunt for hits lots of times,” Jeter said, before adding that third baseman Mauro Gomez was playing deep. “It’s where they’re playing most of the time.”
If it worked, Jeter likely would have gotten credit for making a heady play, but Albers handled the bunt and threw him out to end the inning. The Red Sox then scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game out of reach.