Thanks to Cory Wade for making the game a lot closer than it really was. It was 6-1 with two outs in the ninth then within about two minutes, it was 6-4 after a Jose Lopez three-run home run.
Thankfully, Joe Girardi took Wade out, brought Rafael Soriano in and Soriano got the save on two pitches. No harm, no foul.
But let’s talk about the big story of the game. No, not Phil Hughes’s eight innings of shutout ball. I realize that should be what everyone talks about tonight but it won’t be. It also wasn’t the Yankees only hitting one home run all game which is a big story according to a lot of people. Nor was it their numbers with runners in scoring position – they were 4-8. Amazing! (Whatever.)
What will be discussed at length is the ‘catch’ in foul territory by Dewayne Wise. The umps called Jack Hannahan out and everyone thought Wise made an incredible catch to end the seventh inning.
After watching the replay it was revealed that it wasn’t really a catch. In fact, Wise never even had a ball in his glove.
Hannahan saw the replay in the clubhouse during the top of the eighth inning and when he came out for the bottom half of the inning, he started yelling at the ump who made the call and was thrown out of the game.
It wasn’t pretty at all. And that play really took away from what turned out to be a great start by Phil Hughes.
Now all anyone will mention is the botched call. Some people have gone so far as to call it the worst call ever. Okay, let’s not get crazy. I think Armando Galarraga would disagree with that assessment.