Robinson Cano wanted to get one thing straight before he left Citi Field late last night.
“That was not an error,” he said. “If you want to make an error, make it the right error.’’
The Yankees second baseman, who had a ball hit by Justin Turner glance off his glove for an error that helped the Mets to a game-tying, three-run sixth inning, atoned for his miscue with a long, tie-breaking home run leading off the eighth as the Yankees beat the Mets 6-5 in the final game of the Subway Series.
But the home run — his 16th of the season — did little to soothe the slick-fielding Cano’s wounded pride.
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“I don’t want to make an error, but that’s not an error,” he said. “That’s not right. I was playing [Turner] up the middle. I had to run to my left for that ball and it took a bad hop. That’s not an error.”
Cano was not the only Yankee to commit an error last night. His was just the most glaring.
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Catcher Chris Stewart had a throwing error in the first inning and another in the third when the Mets scored their first run. And first baseman Mark Teixeira got screened by base runner Vinny Rottino on Andres Torres’ game-tying, two-run single in the sixth. It’s a play Teixeira usually makes in his sleep.
It was not the finest defensive effort of the season for the Yankees, who entered the night with the fewest errors in the American League (29). Only one of the five runs allowed by Yankees starter CC Sabathia was earned.
“Errors are gonna happen,” Sabathia said after getting the no-decision. “I was the one who made it tough on myself. They’ve played great defense all year ... and it was up to me to pick those guys up.”
“We had some miscues,” said manager Joe Girardi. “[Stewart] usually makes outstanding throws. If he makes decent ones there, things are different. Robbie is so sure-handed. That led to a big inning for them, but we were able to overcome it.’’
Thanks to Cano’s homer that barely missed landing in the big apple in dead center field, where Alex Rodriguez had deposited a ball earlier in the series.
“Robbie didn’t try to do too much,” Girardi said. “When he drives the ball to center field like that it tells me he’s not overswinging.’’
“I wasn’t trying to hit a homer,” said Cano, who went deep against Mets reliever Miguel Batista, a right-hander. “I was trying to get a pitch to hit, get a single or a double. Get into scoring position so that Tex or one of the other guys can get a single and I can score. I never had it in mind that I wanted to hit it out or anything like that.”
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