In hindsight–maybe even foresight–Joe Girardi had a bad day.
- Girardi visits the mound during Vladimir Guerrero's at bat. It's a 2-2 count. The Yanks are up 3-1. Girardi relays a message to Pettitte via Jorge. Message sent and ball sent over leftfield fence. Game is now tied.
- The Skip takes Andy Pettitte out of the game with no runners on and one out in the seventh. He turns to Joba who promptly gives up a hard-hit triple to Kendrick. The next batter, a small utility guy, hits a deep sac fly to put the Halos ahead by 1. The unbeatable Jeff Mathis knocks one into the gap for another hard-hit double.
- Damaso Marte is brought in against Figgins and gets out of the high-leverage situation with 1 pitch. One pitch.
- Marte's one pitch is too much, so thinketh Joe. So the skip brings in Coke, another lefty and another pitcher from the bullpen, against Abreu at the start of the next inning. Coke gets the out! That is, he gives up a shot that Abreu's poor baserunning turns into an out from a definite double.
- He pinch-runs Gardner for Matsui after Hideki walks to start off the 8th. Gardner quickly gets caught stealing on a pitch-out on a pitcher's count against Posada. Jorge then hits a solo homer to tie the game.
- Mariano Rivera has never given up a deep fly ball, or maybe even a medium-distanced flyball to left, ever. To protect against this possibility, Girardi takes Damon out and inserts Jerry Hairston (more an infielder than anything else) there, thereby losing the DH. Hunter and Vlad ground out in the infield. Mariano is the third batter in the Yanks' half of the next inning. He is taken out for Francisco Cervelli who fails to get on base via the strike out passed ball method.
- Girardi calls on David Robertson to start the tenth. Robertson makes quick work of Juan Rivera. He does a good job of getting Kendry Morales to fly out next. During the Morales at bat, Girardi is shown on camera sifting through a large data binder. After Morales makes the out, he brings in Alfredo Aceves, who in short time loses the game.
I'm not going to say that all of these decisions were poorly thought out when they occurred. Let's just say that Joe Girardi did not have the Midas touch today.