What can you say about tonight?
It was a roller coaster of emotions. Some extreme highs and extreme lows.
The lowest of the low occurred after the game ended when the announcement was made that Derek Jeter fractured his ankle and is done for the season. But we all know something was seriously...
Unfortunately everything went right back to pot after that. The Yankees’ offense couldn’t do any damage to any pitcher other than Valverde, and Rafael Soriano and David Robertson both pitched just one inning a piece. David Phelps came on in the ninth and, “aided” by a horrendous play on which Nick Swisher just failed to catch a liner in right field, would give up two runs to push the Tigers back to the 6-4 lead they would finally nail down in the bottom of the inning. Oh, and Derek Jeter got hurt.
Some brief notes from the game:
- Andy Pettitte kept the Yankees’ sreak of good postseason pitching going, giving up just two runs over 6.2 innings. He only really struggled int he sixth inning, and a fluky triple by Austin Jackson in which the ball got stuck in the nook where the ball boy sits down the right field line to lead off the frame certainly didn’t help. The Yankees did keep Jackson from scoring on fly ball by Omar Infante and intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera to set up the double play, but Prince Fielder laced a single back up the middle, and then Delmon Young dropped in an RBI single on Swisher’s first defensive blunder of the game.
Who needs days off anyway? We’re right back to baseball after last night’s win over the Orioles, and now we get to watch Andy Pettitte face the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS. Here’s the lineup courtesy of LoHud.
Besides moving them one step closer to the World Series, the best thing about the Yankees making it to the ALCS is that Andy Pettitte will get to make at least one playoff start at Yankee Stadium. Pettitte has a lot of those on his resume already, obviously, but something about his comeback tour just wouldn’t be complete without an October start in the pinstriped uniform. If the Stadium isn’t rocking early on for Pettitte, I’ll pretty much give up on humanity altogether.
Pettitte, like the rest of the rotation, was very good against the Orioles, giving up just three runs while pitching 7+ innings in Game Two. He got the loss that night, but through no real fault of his own. Pettitte didn’t face the Tigers this year, as he just missed them on the first trip to Detroit, and wasn’t on the roster for either of the other two series. That shouldn’t matter much, though, as he hadn’t faced the Orioles either before turning in that outing, and he certainly won’t let it bother him under the circumstances.…