Yankees Hustle Way Back To 1-0 ALCS Lead With 6-5 Win.
October 16, 2010 1 Comment
For most of the night tonight it looked as if the Yankees were going to be handing the ball to Phil Hughes tomorrow down 1-0 in the series. CC Sabathia just did not have his normal command tonight, most notably giving up the 3 run HR to Josh Hamilton in the 1st and 2 run double to Michael Young in the 4th. The damage for CC could have been worse in the 1st as the inning ended on a wild pitch that hopped back to Jorge and he flipped to CC who did a great job covering the plate and getting Nelson Cruz before he touched the plate. CC looked as if he had settled in after solid 2nd and 3rd innings but after he hit to young it was clear he was coming out down 5-0.
On the other side CJ Wilson was moving through the Yankees with relative ease and when the Yankees did get runners on they could not get the final hit to bring runs across in the 3rd and 4th. In the 5th Joba Chamberlain made his first appearance of the postseason throwing a scoreless inning and he was to be followed by Dustin Moseley who gave the Yankees two crucial scoreless innings. The Yankees finally struck the scoreboard when Robinson Cano hit a CJ Wilson high changeup into the Right Field stands. Wilson didn’t seem too phased by giving up the homer as he came back to get the next three in order.
Down 5-1 the Yankees were 6 outs away from the end of Game 1 when Brett Gardner led off the 8th inning against CJ Wilson. Gardner hit a grounder to 1st and he could have assumed an out, but he played as Brett plays every play in busting it down the line and sliding in safe. I will not sit here and say there were not moments I thought this one was done, but as soon as Gardner beat that play out you just sensed that they were going to if not win the game at least get the tying run on base at some point. Derek Jeter followed that play with a double to left, scoring Gardner and knocking Wilson from the game, getting the Yankees into the Texas bullpen.
Darren Oliver came in and proceeded to walk both Swisher and Teixeira, so Washington brought in O’Day who had his first pitch ripped to left by Arod for a 2 run single making it 5-4. Washington took another trip to the mound to get O’Day and bring in lefty Chad Rapada to face Robinson Cano. Cano did what MVP’s do in lining the first pitch right back up the middle scoring Teixeira, while A-Rod moved to 3rd on the error by Josh Hamilton. Washington then made his 4th pitching change of the inning puzzlingly bringing in Derek Holland, a lefty, to face noted lefty killer Marcus Thames. Thames made Washington pay with a single that knocked in A-Rod making it 6-5. Personally I am surprised seeing as how Cliff Lee’s throw day was today that Washington didn’t bring him in the 8th and or go get Feliz at some point while this implosion was happening.
The only play that might loom larger than Gardner starting the rally in the 8th is Ian Kinsler getting picked off by Kerry Wood in the bottom half of the inning. Wood came in and walked Kinsler on 4 straight, was down 2-1 on Murphy and Kinsler pushing too hard got picked off and really ended the night for the Rangers as Wood and Mo would get the last 5 outs and a 1-0 Series lead.
Next game: Phil Hughes vs Colby Lewis 4pm Saturday
Tweet I saw making the rounds that made me laugh: “Maybe Bush shouldnt have stood in front of that Mission Accomplished Banner in the 7th inning.”