The New York Yankees 2011 season was filled with exciting games, and I already recapped the honorable mentions of the top games of the season. Now that we are down to the top 15, let's take a look at #15-13.
A day after CC Sabathia gave up five solo home runs to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees were looking for a spark. Jorge Posada, in his first game back since being benched, provided the spark. Phil Hughes pitched six solid innings, and six of the nine starters totaled multiple hits. I remember being told Jorge hit a grand slam, and saying "yeah, right, what really happened?" Jorge would later get an even bigger hit vs. the Rays, but that will be talked about later in the top 15 series.
Alex Rodriguez' return to the Yankees lineup was overshadowed by a pair of home runs, and a fantastic pitching performance. The game winning run may have come from a Russell Martin sac fly in the sixth inning, but the most exciting play of the game was Curtis Granderson's inside the park home run in the seventh inning. Mark Teixeira, not wanting to be out done, hit a home run over the left field fence to follow Granderson. Ivan Nova won his thirteenth game of the season.
Jorge Posada's fifth home run of the season tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, as Kevin Gregg surrendered the run to the first batter he faced. In the bottom of the tenth, Mark Teixeira walked, Alex Rodriguez doubled, and Nick Swisher later hit a sacrifice fly to give the Yankees their first walk off win of the season. An important play in the game was Joba Chamberlain's block of home plate in the top of the 8th inning to keep the Yankees in the game.
The schedule for the Best Games of 2011 Series will be Monday-Wednesday-Friday, Monday-Wednesday-Friday. So, Yankees2 will be revealing #12-10 on Friday. Thoughts?