Monday, October 26, 2009

Struggling Yankees come up big in Game 6

The best thing about last night's Game 6 is that the Yankees got contributions from almost everyone, including guys who had rough postseasons up until that point. Nick Swisher was the prime example. Not only did he make a couple of great plays in the field, including a heads-up throw to first to nail Vlad for straying off the bag, but he got a key hit to set up the first 3 Yankee runs. I guess the Mohawk worked. It's hideous, but effective.

Mark Teixeira saved Mariano Rivera from giving up a couple of runs in the top of the 8th inning with another fantastic grab and then got a sac fly to give him some insurance in the bottom of the 8th.

Johnny Damon came through with a clutch 2-run scoring base hit after the Angels unintentionally intentionally walked Derek Jeter. After a tough division series, Damon had a couple of timely hits for the Yanks in the last few games against Anaheim.

But as someone who believes in strong pitching over hitting, it was refreshing to see Joba Chamberlain come in to relieve Andy Pettitte and get two weak ground balls to close out the 7th. I was worried that the bridge to Mariano Rivera was going to crack again, but Joba easily dispatched the Angels and beat his chest in triumph, the emotion being a good sign that Joba is almost back to being the Joba of old.
Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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