CINCINNATI — It was a first for Ramiro Peña.
“Never in my life,” the backup infielder said of the last time he committed three errors in a game. “Not even in Little League.”
Peña, normally a good fielder, had that kind of nightmarish day yesterday afternoon in the first game of the Yankees’ doubleheader against the Reds. Getting the start at third in place of Alex Rodriguez, Peña had three errors, including two in the fifth inning, leading to two unearned runs.
“After the third one, I was like, OK, that’s enough,” the affable 25-year-old said.
Peña started a 5-4-3 double play after making the third error to lead off the seventh and made a terrific dive and stop to his right on Scott Rolen’s ground smash for the second out of the ninth. Joe Girardi, who started Peña at second for Robinson Cano in the nightcap, called the errors “very uncharacteristic.”