Yanks Lose a Painful One 7-6

What a roller coaster that was last night.  The Yanks blew a good chance to get ahead in the first when Jeter and JD started the game off with singles, yet the heart of the order went meekly.  A.J. then gave up four runs in the blink of an eye, and it looked like a rout.  Yet despite no offensive support, Burnett held tough, getting through the Angels’ lineup with relative ease for the next several innings.

In the seventh, the Yanks exploded for the mother of all two-out rallies.  Swish flew out to center to start, but Melky doubled and Jorge walked, raising Lackey’s ire for it was close.  Rattled, he walked Jeter on four pitches, but JD blew a chance to drive in a runner, flying out to shallow left for the second out.  Scoscia made an odd decision, going to the lefty Oliver to turn around Teixeira, who was 2-3 against the lefty.  With his first swing, Teixeira got the Yanks back in the game, driving a double to the wall in left center to clear the bases, 4-3.  The house was going crazy, especially me.  A-Rod got an intentional pass, and Matsui delivered with an RBI single to center to tie the game, augmenting the hysteria.  Jepsen entered and Cano went down and laced a 1-1 curve, really a good pitch that has been trouble for many Yanks batters, deep to right center, scoring A-Rod and Matsui, 6-4.  Swish stranded Cano, but 6-4 felt great, just great.

Not for long.  Girardi sent out A.J. for the seventh when I would not have.  He sat for a long time and, even though he was at 80 pitches, the time on the bench and the rested bullpen was enough to convince me to replace him.  Mathis, who stunk out loud all year but suddenly is mashing, singled, and that rodent Aybar went from 0-2 to a walk, ending Burnett’s night.  Marte entered for Figgins, who bunted the runners over.  He then got Abreu on a run-scoring 3U, 6-5, but for the second out–I took it.  Hughes entered for the righties Hunter and Vlad, and to me looked nervous against Hunter, walking him on five pitches and not close for many of them.  He got ahead of Vlad 1-2, throwing a nasty curve for the second strike, and when he mulled the fourth pitch, I think any Yanks fan thought to give Vlad the hook again.  He didn’t, instead grooving a fastball that Vlad lined to tie the game.  Morales then singled in Hunter, 7-6 Angels just like that.

On the one hand, one can say Burnett should not have come out.  Yet Hughes and Joba fared no better.  Hughes looked awful for the first time in a long time, and I can’t be convinced he wasn’t nervous.  He looked it.  Joba struggled, allowing a double to start the eighth, then a one-out single to the pest Aybar to put runners at the corners, but Mariano got out of it.

The Yanks had a great chance in the ninth but couldn’t cash in. A-Rod got a two-out intentional walk, Matsui walked, and Fuentes hit Cano to load the bases for Swish.  Despite battling, Swish popped out to end a tough loss.

This was a tough one to take, no question.  The Yanks were close to the pennant, but they lost a two-run lead and the game.  Let’s not panic, people.  They are up a game and heading back to The Bronx, with a solid experienced Pettite going in Game 6.  They will have what will surely be a raucous home crowd and lots of emotion behind them.  Those are obviously good things.  So is the fact that some batters, such as Teixeira, Matsui, Cano, and Melky have come through recently.  Yes, last night stunk, but honestly, after the first inning, how many people actually expected it to be a game?  I suspect not too many, yet it did, through no small part because of the grit and determination of the Yanks.  It is a resilient ball club, and I have no doubt that they will bounce back from last night with extreme prejudice tomorrow night.

Published in: on October 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm  Comments (4)  

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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I know this is the wrong way to look at it but I’m kind of glad we get the chance to win it in front of the home crowd.

  2. agreed, hi-o silver!

  3. Weather does not look good. At all.

  4. I think it will happen, Nick.

    The weather is iffy, Mike, but I’m not convinced the Yanks won’t play tonight. Some rain has just passed through, and more might come, but the brunt of it may well pass by the city.

    I think the Yanks are playing tonight, and that’s a good thing.

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