They were only 7 outs away from advancing to the World Series and Girardi miss manages the pitching like he did in game 3.Leaving Burnett in after he allowed the lead off batter to reach base was probably the turning point of the game.Demaso Marte getting the first 2 outs of the inning was over shadowed by Phil Hughes' inability to record the last out.
Hughes has looked like a completely different pitcher in this series and needs to straighten himself out if the Yankees are going to win a championship.
The bullpen hasn't been good as of late which is causing Girardi to over use Rivera and I don't think Rivera should have to bail out the base runners that the other Yankee relievers put on base.
Nick Swisher has been a disaster at the plate.How can he be in the lineup while Brett Gardner is only used to pinch run? These games are too important for the Yankees to be having Swisher fail for them in big spots.The guy cannot even hit a sac fly with less than 2 outs and is batting .118 in this series.Sure he hit 29 home runs for the Yankees during the regular season but the White Sox had good reasons for trading him away.
The Yankees need to close this series out on Saturday.In each of the two losses that they had in this series they blew a late inning lead.The Angels are a good hitting team but the Yankees need to have that killer approach in order to finish off these teams.Hopefully Yankee fans will be celebrating 2 days from now.