The Yanks pulled out a 6-5 win over the D-Bags in 10 innings on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, but I’ll be damned if that wasn’t one of the sloppiest games of the season.
The Yanks went 3-for-14 with RISP and stranded 11 runners on base, Javy looked like shit, and the team made tons of mistakes on the basepath. Yuck. This game was not one for the ages or the faint of heart.
There was some interesting points, though. First, we got to see Mo take some swings at the plate (just his fourth career PA) and do his thing (for two innings) on the mound. Then, after grounding out with Gardner on third to end the top of the 10th, Mo worked his magic on the bump and finagled his way out of a bases-loaded no-outs jam. Wow. I will fight anyone who says he’s not the greatest ever.
Confidence. Hold your composure, the game wasn’t over so I have to make my pitches. (I) Definitely (wanted to pitch two innings), especially if we have the lead. I had the opportunity to come back out and win the game.
In other words, this game sucked ass until the 10th inning. Sloppy, boring, long and painful to watch for the first nine innings. But that 10th frame was one for the ages, good God was it entertaining.
Mo sums it up pretty well in the post-game interview with Kim Jones:
We pulled this game out but we played horrible. It’s unacceptable the way we played. We can’t be playing games like that, we’re better than that. We’re supposed to do what is right.
Also, the Rays and Red Cox both lost so the Yanks are sitting on a 2 1/2-game lead in the AL East.
Thursday is an off day, and the Yanks will head to LA to take on Joe Torre and the Dodgers on Friday. Most importantly, for the first time in his career Donald Arthur Mattingly will be taking on the New York Yankees in a game. That’s weird to type. It’s bizarre seeing him in a Dodgers uni, watching him in the other dugout might just make my head explode.
Elsewhere in Yanks/Dodgers news, here’s some controversy for ya: when interviewed prior to Wednesday’s game, all of the Yankees had kind words about Torre…except for Alex Rodriguez. While all former players who played under Torre spoke very highly of him and said it would be emotional playing against him, Big Al said it was just “Business as usual” and that he was “not going to get into that.” I can’t say that I blame him. It’s interesting because I think he took the high road in a no-win situation. Think about it: if he talked shit on Torre he would come off as an egomaniac who carries a grudge after all these years, and if he sucked Torre’s dick he would come off as fake. The only thing he could do was play it off as if it were no big deal and he did that perfectly.
Anywho, CC will be up against Vicente Padilla in the opener of the three-game set on Friday. LET’S GO YANKS!!!!!!!