Instead shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and second baseman Tim Beckham both stopped, looking as though they thought the other would handle the chance. And suddenly a victory turned into extra innings, and eventually defeat. Why?
"That's a good question," Cash said. "I don't really know. We play that positioning all the time. We probably play it 40 pitches a game against a lot of right-handed hitters. And for whatever reason, it was just that perfect tweener ball that appeared that both guys kind of stopped, or laid up on it."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi noted that "Beckham hasn't played with Hechavarria a lot."
"That's the other thing, when you make trades and you get new people, it takes time to get comfortable in those situations," Girardi said. "They're both outstanding defenders. They've played really good defense. We caught a break."
Hechavarria didn't have a good explanation, but he did say, "I think I could have dove and made the play myself, initially."
Beckham attributed it to unfamiliarity between himself and Hechavarria.
"I guess you could say just not familiar playing with each other," Beckham said. "We were set on what to do if a ball was hit in between, it just didn't take place. ... The play has to be made. We both know what happened and what was supposed to happen."
Colome sounded more philosophical.
"I made a good pitch, threw it where I [wanted to], got the ground ball," Colome said. "I thought I had the third out. That happens sometimes in the game. We win together, we lose together."
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.