Where Did My Nails Go?
Yanks Win in 15 innings!
What a game! Altough there was no scoring for 15 innings, this was one of the most exciting games I have ever watched. It was that kind of edge-of-your-seat nail-biting palm-sweating I don’t-want-to-move-because-I-might-jinx-them games. It is a no doubt Yankees Classic. The Yankees won 2-0 over the Red Sox.
Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett was a frickin’ beast yesterday. It was a very important start for A.J., because he had to follow up from that bad one in Chicago, and he wanted to prove that he can pitch in big games against the Red Sox. His previous 2 starts against the Red Sox were also against Beckett, and A.J. was counted on to pitch well, but he didn’t. Last night, he definetely redeemed himself.
Burnett pitched 7 & 2/3 shutout innings, and only gave up 1 hit to the first batter of the game. He walked 6 along the way, and also struck out 6. Every time A.J. got into a jam, he would get even tougher and get everyone out. He really pitched a phenominal game. He was incredible. That was the best pitching performance I have seen all year. And to do it against the Red Sox, that is amazing.
The Assassin killed Red Sox hitters last night.
The bullpen did a sensational job yesterday. Evey guy that was put in had a different intensity about him. They all knew that 1 mistake, 1 bad pitch would be the difference in the game. Hughes got the final out of the 8th, and that was all for him. Mo pitched the 9th. Alfredo Aceves pithed 3 beautiful innings for the Yanks last night. The Yankees depended on him to give them innings, and he did in a dominating way.
When I saw Brian Bruney on the mound in the 13th inning, I became even more nervous. I knew Bruney has a tendancy to give up home runs, and everyone knew 1 run would be the difference. But Bruney was superb. He was throwing gas last night. He pitched the 13th and 14th, and proved that he can pitch in tight spots, because nothing was tighter than that! Phil Coke pitched the 15th, and picked up the win.
The Yankee pitchers were absolutely fabulous. They all dominated. All of them must have gotten a huge confidence boost out of that game, especially Bruney.
Defensive Analysis: The defense was also superb last night. Like everyone else, they knew that 1 mistake, 1 bobble, 1 wild throw could cost the game. They stepped up their game, just like the pitchers. In the 1st and the 4th when Burnett was in a jam, they turned 2 beautiful 4-6-3 double plays to get A.J. out of trouble. They made every play.
Offensive Analysis: There really was not much offense, but there was enough. The Yankees had a few chances to score off Beckett, but they failed in all of them. They had chances to score before the 15th inning, but again failed in all of them. But then the 15th inning rolled along. Derek Jeter lead off with a single. Then Damon tried to bunt him over, but the bunt was caught on a fly. Then Tex made out, and it was all up to Arod. Arod had chances to do something before, but like everyone else in the game, he could not get it done. He was also in a long homer drought. If you believe in “due,” you knew it was the time for Arod. I was going crazy with nervousness at this time. I was sweating, crossing my fingers, just trying to will a homer off his bat.
Arod did it. He hit a bomb into the left field seats, for a walkoff 2-run homer. Everyone was thrilled, except the Red Sox. A.J. Burnett had a pie ready, and pied Arod on the side of the head while he was being interviewed by Kim Jones.
It’s a beautiful thing.
The Yankees now have a 4.5 game lead over the Red Sox. The heroes for the game are A.J. Burnett, for an excellent performance, the Yankee bullpen, for dominating and giving the Yanks the chance to win, and for Arod for winning it for us. It could not have been a more perfect end to the game, or a perfect end to my day! I hit the sack at 12:58, and although I was exhausted, I was too excited to notice it. I laid awake for awhile, but peacfully drifted to sleep with the thoughts of a dramatic Yankee win in my mind.