Yankees Win! TheEeEeEeEeEeEeEe Yankees Win! The Yankees swept the Twins out of the playoffs and beat them in what turned out to be the final game in the metrodome 4-1. The catalyst for this victory, and the entire series was Alex Rodriguez. The Much maligned 3rd baseman was the hottest hitter on the Yankees, coming into the game with a .500 average. He only went 1 for 3 today, but that one hit tied the game when it looked very much like the Yankees had run into a buzz-saw. He hit the first of two home runs in the seventh inning, hitting it high into the baggie in right field at the metrodome.
Carl Pavano was on today, he absolutely lit up the Yankee hitters early. He gave up 5 hits in 7 innings and 9 k’s without a walk. He mowed down Johnny Damon, struck him out three times en route to the twins fitting him with the golden sombrero, he kept Teixeira off base, and did the same to Robby Cano. Carl also kept Jorge Posada off base in his first two at bats, but Jorge had a measure of revenge in the seventh when he plated the game winning run in the seventh inning with a solo home run that just made it over the left field wall, and then gave them some insurance and stretched the lead to 3-1 in the ninth with a single that plated Teixeira after three different twins pitchers walked three batters. Jorge(2 for 4, 1 run, 2 RBIs) was the only Yankee to get more than one hit this fine evening.
To his credit, Andy Pettitte, pitching for the first time on astroturf in the postseason, went out there and kept pace with Carl Pavano, striking out 7 in 6 1/3 inning while only giving up only 3 hits, and he was perfect into the fifth inning, giving up his first hit, a single, to Michael Cuddyer to shallow left. The only run scored against the Yankees was scored against Andy in the 6th inning. Denard span hit a single, then stole second and scored on a Joe Mauer single after Orlando Cabrera walked to make it first and second with two out in the 6th after he got the first two hitter of the inning to ground out to Jeter.
There were two real standout defensive gems in this game. One was a play by Nick Swisher, who threw to second base and nailed Michael Cuddyer in an unconventional 9-6 fielders choice that shot off of the bat of Jason Kubel and past Robby Cano. Nick was coming in fast, grabbed the ball and shot a quick throw to Jeter to nail Cuddyer.
The other play was a great defensive play, but it was also a base running mistake that saved the Yankees from the hassle of dealing with first and third and nobody out in the eighth inning. Nick Punto led off the inning with a double, but made the mistake of the series by overrunning third base. He didn’t see that the ball hit by the next batter, Denard Span hadn’t gotten past Derek Jeter, and Jeter threw home to Posada, and when Nick tried to scramble back to third base, Jorge threw a strike to A-Rod to easily nail him several feet off of the bag.
Trust me on this, it was one helluva play, if you haven’t seen the play, watch it here now. Grabbed this from some guy who recorded it with a video camera trained on his tv. Not the best quality, but it’s a good watch nontheless.
Fun, Fun, Fun for the Yankees. Time to break out the Champagne, and then prep for the Anaheim Angels, who pulled out a stunner and beat the Red Sox by getting to Johnathan Papelbon late. The Red Sox closer was uncharacteristically hittable, giving up 2 walks, 4 hits and 3 earned runs, along with 2 runs from two inherited runners that Billy Wagner let on base, in one inning of work. He walked on the mound with a three run lead, and he walked off the mound with the blown save and the loss.
Now the only first round drama left is who the Dodgers will play in the NLCS. The Phillies/Rockies series being the only one that wasn’t a sweep, the series being tied 1-1, and (as of this writing) game 3 is tied at 4 in the fifth.
That’s it from here. After several days of sports and relaxation, tomorrow its back to the politics and news. Promise!
Today’s Nuggets, from some famous Yankees, Via Wikiquote: After all, there’s only one answer to be made to the young fellow who is asking constantly for advice as to how to hit. The answer is: “Pick out a good one and sock it! Babe Ruth
I’ll never forget September 6, 1950. I got a letter threatening me, Hank Bauer, Yogi Berra and Johnny Mize. It said if I showed up in uniform against the Red Sox I’d be shot. I turned the letter over to the FBI and told my manager Casey Stengel about it. You know what Casey did? He gave me a different uniform and gave mine to Billy Martin. Can you imagine that! Guess Casey thought it’d be better if Billy got shot. Phil Rizzuto
I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous. Yogi Berra