Last night, facing the Minnesota Twins, Phil Hughes held a 3-1 lead and had thrown just over 70 pitches as he entered the 7th inning. The Twins picked up a single, a walk, and an infield single to load the bases but after recording a strikeout to record the second out, Joe Girardi pulled the plug and brought in lefty Boone Logan to face Denard Span.
A wild pitch, a double and a single later, the Twins had a 5-3 lead, on their way to a 5-4 win and a loss for Hughes.
The IRS (inherited run scored) had struck again, taxing the patience of his teammates, the starting pitcher, and fans alike as the Yankees had a chance to put a nail in the Orioles coffin after Baltimore had already lost to the Blue Jays, 4-0.
Allowing IRS is a problem for many teams, but less likely for the Yankees than any other AL team.
Take a look:
Yankee IRS relievers this season:
Here are the NL teams and their tax problems:
While the lunacy of expanded September rosters continue to denigrate the pennant races, there is simply no excuse for managers not to have multiple relievers at the ready at the first sign of trouble. One man in the game, just should mean one more man up in the pen.
Take a look at how John Farrell managed his Blue Jays to their 4-0 win over the Orioles last night. Mind you, the only thing the Blue Jays have left in this season is to finish ahead of the Red Sox thereby avoiding last place in the AL East, and playing the role of spoiler. His stakes are minimal, but he managed hard last night.
The Blue Jays relievers last night:
|Aaron Laffey, W (4-6)||5.2||5||0||0||21||64|
|Steve Delabar, H (9)||0.2||1||1||0||4||21|
|Brett Cecil, H (1)||0.1||0||0||1||1||3|
|Brandon Lyon, H (12)||0.1||0||0||0||1||1|
Hughes told the AP he wanted to stay in the game after throwing just 99 pitches. “I was hoping so,” he said. “But I don’t make those decisions. I pitch until I’m told to.”
Logan said his slider just wasn’t as sharp as it normally is. “I was trying to battle through it but just had a bad game,” he said.
Aah, September, the time of the season that try manager’s souls and tax us all.