It took up until the fourth game of this series between these two historic rivals to finally get the blood of fans of both teams pumping at full speed. A typical game involving these two teams usually is/contains one or more of the following:
a) an extra inning game, or otherwise one of the longest 9 inning games in history
b) a comeback [by either team] and/or multiple lead changes throughout the game
c) one or more hit batters
d) at least one ejection
e) a late inning upset
f) fire/drama… enough said
g) occasionally something rare [record broken, weird play, etc.]
I would say this game had all of the above [except for a hit batter, though Chamberlain did throw one behind the back of Youk in the 6th, which is good enough]. 10 innings, comeback by the yanks, ejection of Joe G., late inning upset for the Sox, fire and a rare dramatic walk-off base hit by a rookie.
With Wakefield’s unpredictable knuckleball and the lack of runs scored by the offense, I honestly didn’t expect the Yanks to plate more than 2 tonight. To prove me wrong the Yanks scored double that and one more to top it off [surprising, I know]. A-Rod got the party started in the 2nd, drilling a pitch to the left field seats to tie the old Mick for 13th place on the all time list. Joba got into some deep **** in the 5th, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, and a wild pitch, while still managing to strike out the side. Joba winded up going 6, allowing just 3 runs.
The 4 runs scored after the A-Rod home run came off the bats of Jeet, driving in Gardner with a single in the 6th, Cano [who is still on fiiiire], driving in A-Rod and Jorge with a triple in the 7th and Gardner, who drove in the game winner with a single in the bottom of the 10th to score Cano. I’m sure the rookie is feeling great right about now. Finally some luck for the kid. With JD landing on the DL for the first time in his career, I have a feeling Gardner, who can really work the count and steal some bags, will be a worthy replacement. Speaking of replacements, is Molina an outstanding backup catcher or what? Runners can not steal on him.
A day off tomorrow before the Yanks face those devilish Rays for a two game set. The Yanks can gain two games on the Rays with a sweep. It’s still incredibly weird saying that the Yanks have to gain on the Rays.
– Oh, and I forgot to mention Farns, who has been doing [dare I say it]… great out of the pen this season.