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Hafner Misses Out Again, Balls Miss Gloves Again

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This time, the defensive implosion didn't happen until the fifth inning, when the Indians gift-wrapped three runs for the Yankees. Here's what happened:

  1. Phillips lined out to shortstop. Hardest hit ball of the inning. One out.
  2. Guiel blooped a single to center.
  3. Cairo hit a fly ball to medium right, but Franklin Gutierrez flat missed the ball. Error #1.
  4. Cabrera hit a made-to-order double play grounder to Peralta, but it went off his glove. Error #2, Run #1 scored.
  5. Jeter bloops a single to right. Runs #2 scored.
  6. Giambi flies out to right. Run #3 scores, two outs.
  7. Rodriguez "singles" on a chopper to third. Boone doesn't catch the ball cleanly, so we'll never know if he could have made the play. I'm calling it Error #3.
  8. Posada mercifully grounds out to second. Three outs.
The Yankees scored five more runs after that, but that's not really the point. It is absolutely unacceptable for major-leaguers to commit those kind of errors. A throwing error is one thing, but these three miscues were about catching the ball. I don't really have any explanation for it.

Anyway, everyone's favorite catcher won the Monster (tm) Final Vote, and Travis Hafner finished third. For those who haven't looked at Hafner's stat line recently:

270 AB, .319/.461/.656, 17 2B, 24 HR, 69 BB, 56 SO

Meanwhile, we'll get to see pitchers hit next week in Pittsburgh. Why the All-Star Game doesn't have the DH every year, even in National League parks, is beyond me.