Pod A-Rod Continues To Be Clutch

The Yankees tried their best to give away Game 2 of the ALCS, committing three errors on the evening. However, the Angels impudently refused the Yankee's charity by throwing a Melky Cabrera ground ball away in the bottom of the thirteenth inning to let Harry Hairston, Jr. (aka, the guy who blew Andy Pettite's bid for a perfect game) score the winning run. A-Rod continued his incredible performance this post-season by slugging a game-tying homer in the eleventh, to match an earlier homer by Derek Jeter. The offensive performance hid the Yankee's poor fielding up the middle, with Jeter committing an error and Robinson Cano uncharacteristically fumbling two balls. The Angels leave New York down two games in the series to face Andy Pettite on Monday.

A.J. Burnett turned in a strong start, giving up six and a third innings against one of the AL's top offenses. He gave up both runs in the fifth inning, where he hit two batters and allowed the tying run to score on a wild pitch. Hopefully, he will have a chance to rein in his breaking ball before his next outing, which will hopefully be in the World Series.

The Yankees bullpen was great. Mariano Rivera tossed two and a third dominant innings, but the real surprise in relief was Dave Robertson's clutch performance to get the win. The kid's clearly comfortable pitching on the big stage.

Of course, the evening belonged to A-Rod. With the Yankees trailing by a run in the bottom of the eleventh, A-Rod slugged a game-tying home run on an 0-2 pitch from Brian Fuentes. A-Rod later popped out with a chance to win the game, cursing at himself after he didn't come through. We forgive him, though, because Macier Izturis cleanly fielded a Melky Cabrera grounder before tossing it away, allowing the winning run to score.

So far this post-season, the Yankees have been able to get their opponents to play uncharacteristically poorly. The Twins and Angels were considered fundamentally sound teams, but both teams played like the Mets. I hope that this trend continues.

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