In a must win for both teams on Patriot Day, the Yankees flexed their muscles to take their second straight by the final of 5-4.
One team had 11 hits, the other 6. Just by that, you’d think the first team won. Well, you’d be wrong. Both starters gave their teams length with Andy Pettitte throwing a season high 109 pitches, going 6.1 innings of 3 run ball. But he seemingly had someone on every inning, allowing 9 hits. This while The O’s Scott Feldman followed up a complete game shutout with 7.2 solid innings of just 3 hit, 3 run ball.
Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez both went deep, with Granderson marking his territory in Eutaw Street on an absolute bomb in the 5th.
David Robertson was back after 5 days off with a sore shoulder. The Yankees setup man allowed two runners on, but hung up a zero in the 8th, and would pick up the win. Lefty specialist Boone Logan remains out with a sore left arm. The pen’s been overworked all year, so it’s no surprised they’re banged up here in mid-September.
Tied 3-3 in the 9th, Robinson Cano picked up his 100th RBI in style, with a go-ahead solo shot to lead off the inning. Granderson then hit his first triple of the season, and was driven in on an infield single by Lyle Overbay, giving them a 2-run lead.
Baltimore made things interesting, but Mariano Rivera held them off in the 9th for his 43rd save of the year.
David Huff was scheduled to start the finale of the 4-game set. But Joe Girardi announced postgame that Phil Hughes will get the start because of his “experience level.” Huff made just one start in place of the demoted Hughes, a poor outing against the Red Sox.
The win means another day of gaining on everyone ahead of them in the Wild Card chase, as the Indians, Rangers and Rays all lost again. What does it mean? Well, the Yankees have leaped over the O’s and Indians once again, and are just a 1 game back of the Rays for the second Wild Card spot, and 3 back for the top spot held by Texas.
September baseball is fun isn’t it?