Joe Girardi rarely shows anger over his team's play during his postgame press conferences.
However, with the Yankees about to begin a key 10-game stretch against Baltimore and Tampa Bay -- the two teams directly behind the Yankees and closing in the AL East -- the New York manager clearly was agitated after the Bombers bombed in all facets in an 8-5 loss Wednesday against the last-place Toronto Blue Jays.
"You're not happy when you lose a ballgame, that's the bottom line. Show me a manager or a player who's happy about losing a ballgame, and I'll show you a loser," Girardi said. "That's the bottom line, we didn't play well today.
"We had plenty of opportunities to win that game, and we didn't get it done. You have to get it done. But this day's over with, and you have to put it behind you."
Lefty ace CC Sabathia didn't pitch well Wednesday, failing to hold two early leads, and he was barely aided by his teammates in the field (three errors) or at the plate (3-for-17 with runners in scoring position) as the stumbling Yanks lost for the eighth time in 13 games. The second-place Orioles lost 8-1 to the White Sox on Wednesday night, so they remain 3 1/2 games back in the division race.
The Yanks led their division by as many as 10 games on July 18, before injuries and inconsistent play finally caught up to them.
"We need to play better," Sabathia said. "We haven't been playing well, but honestly tonight it starts with me. I need to give us a chance to win, and I didn't do that."