Communications breakdown for Posada, Sabathia
Maybe now CC Sabathia will think seriously about having Jose Molina behind the plate for his next start, too. It would be hard to blame him after Jorge Posada's rough night in the Yankees' 7-2 victory over the Twins in Game 1 of the ALDS.
Posada had two passed balls in three innings, and the second resulted in an unearned run as the Twins took a 2-0 lead. It was not great timing for Posada, who was told a day earlier that Molina would be catching A.J. Burnett in Game 2, and if necessary, a Game 5.
"It was miscommunication on their part," manager Joe Girardi said of the passed balls. "They talked about the pitch they were going to throw and the pitch wasn't thrown. So I'm not sure what happened in the translation. But I thought the two did a nice job together tonight."
In the first inning, with Denard Span at second base, Posada couldn't handle a breaking pitch to Joe Mauer, a mistake that he later said was "his fault." Span took third on the play, but Sabathia bailed out his catcher by whiffing Mauer and getting Michael Cuddyer on a fly ball to centerfield.
In the third, the Twins already had a 1-0 lead on Cuddyer's single and were threatening again with runners at first and third. This time, with Jason Kubel up, Sabathia threw a fastball down the middle of the plate and it deflected off Posada's glove. At first, Posada had trouble finding the ball, and it was too late when he did finally grab it.
"I was at the mound and I told him what I wanted him to throw," Posada said. "When I got to the plate, he threw a different pitch."
The crowd groaned as Mauer crossed the plate, probably thinking that maybe Posada was a defensive liability. Cuddyer moved to second on the play, but Sabathia once again limited the damage by striking out Kubel.