Girardi overmanaged last night. No question. Taking out Robertson, who has been lights out, for Aceves, who was lights out three months ago, was a bad move. That's not to say the Yanks win otherwise, but they probably don't lose in the 11th. The way the Yanks were swinging the bats, they were hardly guaranteed a victory. You can't rely on solo home runs, even when you hit them as regularly as the Yankees.
But still, overmanaging doesn't help. After the Angels scored their fifth run, Girardi headed to the clubhouse to answer questions from the media, regularly correcting the reporters on issues of grammar and syntax. He then went back out on the field to make sure the grounds crew was doing everything just right, even suggesting a different rake be used to tend the mound. Not content to stop there, Girardi then went to the now empty clubhouse and explained to the cleaning staff the best way to sweep and mop.
At the end of the day, Girardi likes to manage. Sometimes it costs us, but more often than not we walk off the field winners. At the end of this series we will probably walk off the field winners, and Girardi will have played some role in that. As long as he doesn't screw up too bad tonight, he should get a pass. But to reiterate, it was clearly his fault.