BLUE JAYS 5, YANKEES 4
If the Yankees finish the season one game short of making the playoffs, Bronx Bombers fans can look back in frustration at last Saturday's game. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the score tied at 4, Toronto reliever Dan Plesac struck out Jason Giambi with the bases loaded.
However, in a season marked by surprisingly inconsistent play, the top of the eighth stands as the Yankees' fatal frame. With one out and Blue Jays runners Jose Cruz Jr. on first base and Carlos Delgado on third, Vernon Wells rapped a grounder that was scooped up by first baseman Nick Johnson. Johnson stepped on first for the putout and then, instead of looking toward third, trapped Cruz in a rundown. While Cruz bounded between first and second, Delgado ran home with what would be Toronto's key fourth run. If Delgado doesn't score, Giambi's at bat never becomes an at bat at all.
"I should have thrown home," a dejected Johnson said after the game.
Don't take it so hard, rook. They'll only remember the big whiff.