So for him to make a mistake on the field is such an eye-popping thing because Jeter always plays the game hard and the right way, yet, he's still a baseball player and it's tough to play an entire career without having mistakes happen. Unfortunately for Jeter and the Yankees, he made two of them in one inning that hurt them.
His first mistake was on an Edwin Encarnacion grounder in which he tried to throw to second, then third, then threw the ball to first, but Encarnacion beat the throw and was called safe. There was two outs on the play and people wondered why Jeter didn't throw to first to begin with. The Yankees captain offered his explanation after the game on Tuesday night.
"Well, I should’ve known that Tex was playing more over in the hole and Reyes had a huge lead and I couldn’t get him at second," said Jeter, who also had a solo homer and scored a run. "So my initial thought was to throw to second base. I couldn’t get him and then obviously (Encarnacion) beat it out at first."
In the very next at-bat, Colby Rasmus singled and was then caught in a run-down, Jeter ran down the play and tried to tag Rasmus out at first, but Rasmus' speed allowed him to get back to first; Jeter then fired the ball home, but Encarnacion scored. Toronto would go on to take a 6-0 lead in the inning. Jeter's explanation of that play:
"I mean, (Rasmus) just beat me to the bag," Jeter said. "When you have a runner at third base, you really don’t have much time to be throwing it back and forth because the guy’s creeping and I made the decision to go after him and he beat me back to the bag."
Jeter however, was able to respond in the next inning when he started a Yankees rally in the sixth inning by hitting a solo home run, his second of the season that made the score 6-1 and eventually, the Yankees rallied to tie the game at 6-6, but eventually lost 7-6 on a throwing error by Yangervis Solarte on a Melky Cabrera bunt.
While Jeter admitted to his mental mistakes in the field, Yankees manager Joe Girardi already said he's moved past them and is looking towards the series finale on Wednesday against the first place Blue Jays.
"Well, he doesn't make too many," the manager said. "But (Wednesday) is a new day and we've got to forget this."
Before the series, the Yankees were 1.5 games back of the Blue Jays, but with two straight losses and four overall, they are now 3.5 back and looking to salvage a game in the series, which would put them at 2.5 back.
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