What… a… game?!?! So much to talk about…
Pedro the Punk hits Sheffield in the 1st with 2 outs and provides motivation for the Yankees, once again. I love this guy! And I never ever want him to be a Yankee.
The Yankees got 3 runs off of him in 7 innings while rookie Brad Halsey did a respectable job, allowing just 2 in 5 and 1/3. The Yankees pen would allow 1 more in the next inning and then none until the 13th. More on that in a second.
The Yankees and Sox both got into favorable positions with baserunners on with none or one outs, but were able to get out of jams. A-Rod made a few fantastic plays, Jeter made one late in the game – flying into the stands and cutting himself up pretty good – but I’d expect no less from Jeter. ESPN said it was “one of the greatest plays of his championship career”. If it was half as good as that – that’s saying something. They’re the best SS/3B combo in the game, hands down. Because of the injury – Sheffield actually saw an inning at 3B with A-Rod moving to 2B.
In the top of the 13th, Manny hit a solo shot to lead it off and then we were able to turn a double play to get out of yet another jam.
So, we head to the bottom of the 13th. Jorge Posada. Out. Tony Clark. Out. Ruben Sierra’s up.
Well, let’s go Ruben. I honestly thought they could do something. Ruben singles.
Ok, cool. Keep it alive, Cairo. Cairo does more than that – he pounds a double with Sierra flying around from first to score the tying run. Cairo went 2 for 2 with a double and a triple. With hits like these, we may our everyday starter at 2B? Well, maybe I’m exaggerating/caught up in the moment. So, now, our roster is so expended that we actually have a pitcher coming up (Bernie gave up the DH role to go to the outfield when Sheffield went to the infield – this is some wacky stuff, no doubt). Enter John Flaherty. He’s hitting just a bit over .150 for the year.
Would you believe? Deep to left – bounces in the outfield over the LF, who was playing close in already and Cairo scores from second.
Game over. Yankees win. Yankees sweep the Sox.
What a game.