Red Sox 4+ the Scott Proctor 3, Yankees 4: Nightmare Marathon Finish

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Scott Proctor #41 of the New York Yankees walks to the mound against the New York Yankees on September 22, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

For those of you that don't understand the title, the Yankees bullpen was fantastic tonight. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 7-4 in 14 innings, thanks to the Yankees bringing in arguably the worst pitcher in baseball, Scott Proctor.

The Yankees could have won it in the bottom of the 9th, but with bases loaded two outs Joe Girardi decided not to pinch hit for Austin Romine with Alex Rodriguez.

Simply put, Girardi did not seem to manage for the win in this one, but instead to preserve the health of his players. That cost the Yankees their chances to take the lead, and it cost the Rays their chances at tying the wild card race.

Scott Proctor came into the game in the top of the 14th inning (Pena walked out onto the mound after Girardi was ejected, but the move was likely Girardi's call) and gave up a line drive single, a walk, a monster fly out, and a three run home run. Hilariously enough, though, he did strike out Carl Crawford.

Thanks to the folks that came to the threads tonight, and sorry to the Rays fans out there. The Yankees tried for seven innings, then they saved their health.

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