The first game of the Yankee postseason ended with a bang on Sunday night. Against the most consistent closer in the American League, Jim Johnson, Russell Martin hit a solo home run in the top of the 9th inning to lift the New York Yankees ahead in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 7-2. It was the five-run ninth inning that was the decider, but it was a game that had many twists and turns. All the craziness began with a long rain delay and involved a Yankee pitcher that showed he is a true ace!
The Yankees started the game showing aggressiveness with a hit-and-run double by Ichiro Suzuki. However, he became a little too aggressive the next pitch when he was thrown out trying to steal third base. They did find ways to get clutch hits prior to the 9th inning. Go back to the 4th inning when Mark Teixeira, the Baltimore native, picks up a RBI single in the 4th to tie the game at 2 despite being thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
However, the star of the game was Yankee ace CC Sabathia. CC had all of his pitches working, but it was his offspeed arsenal that was finishing off Baltimore hitters with seven strikeouts over 8+ innings pitched. It is Sabathia’s fourth straight start of going eight innings or more. CC was also great at getting out of some huge jams as well. He holds the Orioles to only two runs in the third by inducing an inning-ending double play to JJ Hardy after the Nate McLouth two-RBI single. The one jam though that will stand out to Yankee fans is the 8th inning. After Hardy led off the inning with the only O’s extra-base hit, Sabathia strikes out Adam Jones, gets a pop out from Matt Wieters and a ground out from Mark Reynolds to keep the game tied.
For this show, I am joined by George Brew from the What’s Brewin’ In Sports Radio Network. George is also the right hand man to the head of the Bleacher Creatures Bald Vinny. Vinny is a loyal supporter and sponsor of the show. George and I discuss everything about Game 1 and look ahead to tonight’s Game 2 as Andy Pettitte goes up against Wei-Yin Chen. Remember, 30 minutes after every Yankee game, you can tune in live to the Yanks Go Yard postgame show for all your postseason analysis!