Baseball is a game of inches and those inches matter most on pitches.
Alex Rodriguez – who had a chance to tie yesterday’s game in the ninth inning – spoke about baseball’s oldest and purest truth.
“I thought, for a moment, it had a chance,” Rodriguez said of the ball he hit to left field. “It was a good pitch that jammed me a little. I didn’t quite get it.”
Billy Wagner threw the pitch and Rodriguez took a good swing. It was just an inch that caused the ball to die at the edge of the warning track.
Darrell Rasner threw a pitch without that inch to Carlos Delgado in the third inning. It bounced off the scoreboard for a home run.
Twenty-six players battled for three hours yesterday and it all came down to two inches on two pitches.
It always does.