Today was kill or be killed – and the Yankees responded.
CC Sabathia didn’t have his best stuff, giving up 11 hits but no walks and 7 Ks in 6 IP. Kerry Wood did a great job with 2 scoreless innings and 3 Ks and no walks. Even though the Yankees were holding a 7-2 lead, Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth – again, it’s an elimination game, and the rest of the bullpen has really faltered of late.
Finally, finally, finally the Yankees have responded with runners in scoring position, even if they were 2-11 and left 7 on base. The Yankees collected 6 walks, which enabled them to score 7 runs on 9 hits, while Texas suffered 2 runs on 13 hits. Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano hit back to back jacks and Curtis Granderson gave that extra run in the 8th with a solo homer of his own, so that’s getting it down with the power.
Friday’s elimination game 2 is a rematch of Phil Hughes and Colby Lewis. Hughes can’t possibly pitch as bad as he did last time – right?