Yankees Prevail In Thirteen Innings & Take Commanding 2-0 Lead...NYY 4 LAA 3
Alex Rodriguez hit the home run that tied the game at three and finally, in the bottom of the thirteenth inning, the New York Yankees pushed the winning run across the plate. The final score was the Yankees 4, the Angels 3. LA is down two games to none in this best of seven series and are in deep dog doo. Here's how it happened...
It was the bottom of the thirteenth and the teams were knotted at three and down to their last handful of players. Girardi called on Jerry Hairston to bat for back-up outfielder Freddy Guzman and he quickly hit a line drive single to center. Backup outfielder Brett Gardner sacrificed him to second and, after an intentional walk to Cano, Cabrera scorched a grounder to second baseman Izturis (who?). The ball was thrown past the shortstop Aybar, who was covering second, and Hairston, running for his life, scored the winning run. It was an unearned run that won it for the pinstripers, but a win's a win. Alex Rodriguez, who has been a monumental force in this 2009 postseason, tied the game with an eleventh inning tater and the game went on to its happy (for Yankee fans) ending.
The series resumes on the left coast tomorrow. I'll have the pitching matchups tomorrow. Meanwhile, back in the National League, the Phillies and the Dodgers, tied at one game apiece, resume their best of seven series with the Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda (8-7) ready to face the Phillies' Cliff Lee (15-13). I give the edge to Philadelphia in this one for two reasons...they're back home and Lee is pitching. The pregame begins on TBS and TBS HD at 8pm EDT. Enjoy it. I'm still rooting for the Dodgers just to have a chance to see the reception Joe Torre would get in the new Yankee Stadium. Anything OTHER than total respect and a standing ovation would astound yours truly. Not even Yankee fans would do that. No way, no how.
I hope your Sunday will be a terrific one. Here in north central Connecticut, the day will feature moderate to heavy rain and cool temeratures, a perfect day to sit back, light a fire and put on some HD football. There's no afternoon baseball so what's a guy supposed to do? I'll tough it out, believe me, and there's plenty to eat and a few cold beverages here, too. Click on this post's title for full Yankee/Angels coverage from last night and as always and forever, BE WELL. Thanks.