Jeter gave the Yanks a good start, leading off the game with a HR.
2nd, 1st and 3rd, one out, but Swish’s fly to LF wasn’t deep enough.
In the 4th, Alex did it again, another HR. 2-0. But with 1st and 3rd, Swish didn’t come through again. He whiffed.
3-0 in the 5th, as JD went deep.
Bottom of the 5th, Angels start a comeback. Kendrick takes Andy yard. In the 4th, Andy got one of his patented pickoffs—this one on Torii Hunter.
After having a bad postseason to date, Bad Vlad hits a 2-run HR off Andy in the 6th to tie the game.
With one out in the 7th, Girardi turns to Joba. It backfires. Joba gives up a triple and a SF to put the Angels up 4-3. Aybar doubles, so Joba clearly had nothing. Marte gets out of it.
Pettitte, 6 1/3, 3 R. Decent job.
In the 8th, Gardner pinchruns for Matsui, who walked, but is CS on a pitchout. It hurts, because Posada immediately follows with a game-tying HR.
Abreu doubles off Coke leading off the bottom of the 8th but is caught between 2nd and 3rd. He is hung out to dry, 8-6-3. Great job by Teixeira of backing up the play and being at second to be able to tag Abreu out. For the last out of the inning, Teix comes off the bag to tag Vlad after a poor throw by Alex. Teix really flashing the D.
Hughes, who was great, gives up a leadoff double in the bottom of the 10th. Tough spot for Mo, who comes in. A bunt and it appears like Mo’s spikes got caught. He tries for the out at 3rd, but throws it away. Damon backs up so the run doesn’t score.
Great play by Teix to save a run. But 2nd and 3rd, one out. Abreu is intentionally walked to set up the force at any base. Hairston replaces Damon in LF in case a good throw is needed to cut down the runner at the plate.
Hunter up. Ground out to Teix. Force at home.
and the greatest does it again. Bad Vlad grounds out to Teixeira and the Yanks are alive.
Teixiera may be struggling with the stick (except for the Game 2 walkoff vs. the Twins), but his D is helping the Yanks in this one.
Yanks go down 1-2-3 in the 11th. Cervelli phs for Rivera. When Hairston entered, the Yanks lost the DH.
Interesting from the media today. A local writer wrote about Phillies’ fans angst after Game 2 of the 1977 NLCS, which the Phils blew. Wrong. It was Game 3. Then Mike Vaccaro in the Post writes about the 1927 Yankees. He must have corrected it later, because it isn’t online now, but in the edition I have, he mentioned Bill Dickey. Dickey wasn’t on the 1927 Yankees. He played in 10 games in 1928 and became the regular in 1929.
Nice article on Robertson by Sherman today in the Post by the way. I wrote about (and liked) Robertson as a minor leaguer two years ago. He gets two outs.
…and is gone (I do wonder why...) Kendrick up but Aceves in. Kendrick singles.
Why Robertson is pulled after two batters and two outs, I have no idea. I’m scratching my head over that. … and once again, Gaudin is the “last resort.”
Girardi is managing his ass off. Too much? YES. Aceves gives up a double to Mathis. Crushed it. Ballgame over.
I need to know. Why the hell did Girardi pull Robertson? No need to (unless Robertson got hurt). NO NEED TO. People who read me regularly know that I have constantly and consistently written that you DO NOT CHANGE THE RHYTHM OF A GAME WHEN THE RHYTHM IS GOOD. A groundout and a flyout by Robertson. Both hits off Aceves were laced.
Joe, this loss is on you.
Unless I find out Robertson got hurt, Girardi overmanaged himself and the Yanks into a postseason loss.