In the beginning of the ball game, the ump was a tad inconsistent with the strike zone depending on who was pitching, the or the .
In the bottom of the second, the Twins loaded the bases, but Andy allowed only one run on a sac fly to right field.
The Yankees had no answer for
he hit the corners (they were very wide corners, but he hit them), and he worked quickly. I'd say he's worth a $40M investment.
In the top of the 4th, though, the rally chalupa worked its magic. drove a double off the wall in right, Tex took the next pitch to left and Granderson moved to third. Arod took the next pitch to right, and Granderson came in to tie the score. was more patient- he waited until the second pitch before singling to right field. Unfortunately, Swisher grounded back to the mound, 1-6-3 double play. But the game was tied.
In the bottom of the 4th, explained the value of pinstripes. Impressively, considering the way his game started, Andy finished the inning at an even 50 pitches.did his best impression, and longtimelistener
#1 most important reason to pay federal taxes.extended his arms on a fastball up and over the play in the 5th, and he drove it up and over the wall the opposite way, driving it out to left center. eric. reminded us all the
In the top of the 6th, the Yankees put runners on the corners. Cano popped out to shallow left and Granderson didn't try to score. For the second time, Swisher came to the plate with a chance to make a big impact on the game, and again he came up short, grounding out to short.
In the bottom of the 6th, a Twin finally got to Pettitte, when Pettitte threw 2 straight curveballs low and in to proper pronoun agreement.. The first one was a ball, just missing the strike zone. The second one was a blast to left field to tie the score. tripled to right, but Andy got to ground out weakly. Of course, dustyjacket13 doesn't let that distract him from
useless sac of meat home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. bunted for a hit, and Berkman moved to third, bringing to the plate with none out. Jeter gave Pavano a tough AB, then punched a dying quail into right field, driving in Berkman, moving GGBG to second, and forcing Carl Pavano out of the game.
In came. Curtis Granderson (2 for 3 on the night, after a huge 2 run triple last night, runners on first and second) inexplicably decided to bunt, and only a mistake by the rookie first baseman made it a sac bunt advancing the runners rather than a lousy bunt and an out at third. So instead of facing Tex and Arod, Mijares walked Tex, then passed the ball to one time closer , who promptly struck out Arod and got Cano to pop out.
Of course we can't know what Granderson would have done had he swung away- popped out, ground into a double play, homered? But with no outs, facing the first legit rally of the game unfolding around you, how do you decide, 'this is the time to give away an out'? And even better, let's take the bat out of the hands of the #3 hitter! How is that smart baseball?
Andy came back from the long layoff to strike out The entire Yankee Universe exhaled.on 3 pitches. Another 3 pitches and popped out to Arod. 6 more pitches and was called out looking.
came into the top of the 8th throwing smoke to Swisher, Posada and Berkman.
Joe Girardi checked the Book, and even though Pettitte threw only 88 pitches through 7 innings of work. Thankfully, he went to one of the triumvirate. Although there are some who would have chosen Joba or D-Rob, Joe G. went to Kerry Wood. Wood fell behind JJ Hardy 1-0, then came back with a slider for a strike looking, another slider in the same spot swinging, and he finished him off with a knee buckling curve. He got Span to ground the ball weakly back to the mound, and then blew Orlando Hudson away on 3 fastballs: 94 mph, 95 mph, 95 mph. was left standing on deck.
Gritty Gutty Brett Gardner (the platoon player, to those who know him well) led off with a single to left against. Jeter grounded a little excuse me dribbler to third, and Gardner advanced to second. With Granderson up, GGBG stole third and then scored on Grandy's humped back liner to center. Capps recovered and retired Tex and Arod, but the tack on was already complete.
In comes Mariano Rivera.
Joe Mauer led the inning off with a single, and already that extra run in the top of the 9th looked big. Mo is of course, never rattled. One custom built 6-4-3 later, and once again, Jim Thome is all that stands between the Yankees and a 2-0 lead in the ALDS. A ball inside. A called strike to nearly the same spot. And then another inside cutter, this one lifted by Thome softly to Gardner in left.
The Yankees win. The real fun starts in the Bronx on Saturday.
Comments of the Game: As linked above, Jeterian2, lololol, longtimelistener, eric., dustyjacket13, Edgware, and ScoobySnacks
Play of the Game: Lance Berkman's 7th inning RBI double increased the Yankees' chances of winning by 19.2%.