O' Captain My Captain: Jeter's Replacement Bobbles Away Game
It was a routine ground ball, all Ramiro Pena had to do was simply throw out Met's first baseman Daniel Murphy, he couldn't even come up with the ball. Pena bobbled the ball and didn't even attempt to throw out Murphy at first, it was his second fielding error of the game, to go along with a hitless performance to lower his already pathetic average below .100
Where is Derek Jeter when you need him?
The injured Yankee captain would have easily made that play and would have kept the Yankees in the game. Jeter most likely would have produced better at the plate and could have kept the Yankees out of that situation in the first place.
The embarrassing Yankee loss can't all be blamed on Pena, they had a poor display at the plate and constantly failed hitting in the clutch. The most surprising disappointment of the afternoon however was Rivera's blown save in the 9th.
“It’s a frustrating loss for us,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Frustrating indeed, especially with you have ol' Mo reliable on the mound in the 9th blowing the save.
Rivera who opened the 9th inning quickly got two outs before walking Jason Bay and giving up back to back singles that allowed the Mets to tie the game at 2. Later in the 10th inning after Ramiro Pena's error Jason Bay came up with the RBI walk off single to end the game and allow the Mets to avoid the sweep, while an ecstatic Jose Reyes watched from the dougout.
“I was jumping right here. I was watching right here,” Reyes said in front of his locker. “That’s a huge win for us.”
Bay who has had a very disappointing season this year, was all smiles after the game. “I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. A lot more downs,” Bay said after the Mets stopped a three-game skid. “It was nice, A, to be in that spot and, B, to come through. It was great.”
The win improves the Mets to .500 and 3rd in the NL East. The Yankees drop to 50-32, but still have the second best record in MLB, and sit alone at the top of the AL East, 1.5 games ahead of the Red Sox.
Throughout the entire game momentum shifted back and forth through every inning, and left fans on the edge of their seats, players too. “It’s the highest high and the lowest low, probably for the fans, too. But it’s twice as bad in the dugout,” Bay said. “That game, there was a lot going on.”
A lot was going on, including a lot of miscues by Ramiro Pena the man who alongside Eduardo Nunez has been replacing Jeter in the line up while he on the DL. The two errors by Pena alongside withe the multiple errors by Nunez totals nearly 10 since Jeter has been gone, a huge drop off from the reliable fielding skills the former Gold Glove winner possesses.
You don't know what you got 'till its gone, with Jeter gone we lost a consistent bat, a dependable fielder, and captain. If Jeter was in the lineup against the Mets this would be an entirely different story, where is Derek Jeter when you need him?