The Yankees broke open a close game by scoring 5 in the 9th as CC Sabathia went 8 2/3 as the Yanks won Game 1 of their ALDS 7-2.
The game was delayed 2 1/2 hours by rain.
The Yanks jumped off right away to a 1-0 lead. Jeter led off the game with a single, and Ichiro doubled him in.
Two singles, a sac and a single gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the third.
The Yanks got it right back in the fourth. A-Rod walked, and after Cano grounded out, Swish walked. Teix just missed a 3-run HR on a drive that hit the scoreboard. A-Rod scored and Swish went to third on a long single by Teix, who was thrown out trying for a double.
CC got out of a 1st & 3rd, one out jam in the fifth.
The Yanks put two on in the 6th, but nada. The O’s put two on as Jeter made an error, but CC got out of it.
Frustration in the 7th. Walks to Martin and Ibanez and a sac by Jeter. 2nd and 3rd, one out. Ichiro hit into a force at home. A-Rod struck out.
Alex was 0 for 4 tonight, 3 K. I really hoped (but knew it wouldn’t happen) that A-Rod would be benched tonight for Chavez.
CC gave up a leadoff double in the 8th but left him there.
The Yanks then erupted for 5 in the 9th for the win. Russell Martin led off the inning with a HR. 3-2.
Ibanez singled. Jeter singled him to third and Nunez PR. Nunez scored on a swinging bunt single by Ichiro (4-2). After (cough, cough) A-Rod struck out, Cano doubled in two (6-2) and went to third on an error. Swisher’s SF made it 7-2.
CC went 8 2/3, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Robertson faced 1 batter. K. Ballgame.