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Double trouble for Yankees as Derek Jeter, Brett Gardner thrown out during same play

Brett Gardner of the Yankees is tagged out

Brett Gardner of the Yankees is tagged out at second base by Allen Craig of the Boston Red Sox for the final out of the first inning at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Yankees keep finding ways to ruin scoring chances.

The latest and likely most unusual example occurred with runners on first and second with one out in the first inning of Wednesday night's game against the Red Sox at the Stadium.

After leadoff batter Jacoby Ellsbury flew out to right, Derek Jeter singled to left. Brett Gardner, the next batter, reached first base on a perfectly placed bunt, which advanced Jeter to second.

Then things got bizarre . . . really bizarre.

Both runners took off on a 1-and-1 pitch with Carlos Beltran at the plate. Catcher Christian Vazquez's throw to second baseman Mookie Betts beat Gardner by several feet, forcing Gardner to stop and get caught in a rundown.

Betts, with one eye watching Jeter safely reach third base, chased Gardner back toward first before throwing to first baseman Allen Craig.

As soon as Craig caught the ball, Gardner bolted back to second, which prompted Craig to throw to shortstop Jemile Weeks.

At that point, Weeks disregarded Gardner because Jeter was essentially in no man's land -- Jeter was flat-footed between third base and home plate. He was too far to confidently race home and also wasn't close enough to retreat safely to third.


Weeks threw to third baseman Brock Holt, who tagged out a standing Jeter.

Yikes. But wait, there was more.

Gardner broke for second when Weeks threw to third.

Without hesitation, Holt fired the ball to Craig. Gardner slid headfirst, but Craig slapped a tag on him.

The play made for an unconventional 2-6-3-4-5-3 double play.

Though the mistake did not cost the Yankees, who beat the Red Sox, 5-1, manager Joe Girardi was displeased with how the play ended.

"Gardy did not get a good jump and he has to stop. Jeet had third base easy," Girardi said. "Running into two outs, I wasn't real happy about it."

Before Wednesday's game, hitting coach Kevin Long listed a few reasons why the Yankees have had trouble scoring runs this season. Baserunning mistakes were among them.

"I mean, how many times have you seen it happen this year, where we've run ourselves out of an inning or we do something like that? It's happened eight to 10 times," Long said.

Add another to the list.

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