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Not like I'm trying to toot my own horn or anything, but you're all welcome for sparking this turnaround. On August 8th, you may recall, I wrote this post
declaring the Yankees done and the season over. Since then they've gone 17-8, changed the entire atmosphere around the team and the stadium, and pulled within 2.5 games of a playoff spot. If you've been an AB4AR reader for long enough, you know I can jinx with the best of them and that's exactly why I wrote that post. I jinxed the season being over, thereby reversing the fortune of said season and acting as a reverse jinx to get the team back into contention. It was the AB4AR jinx at its finest and I'm glad I pulled it out when I did. Just wish I knew how to use it to turn CC around...
- White Sox starter Erik Johnson
made a rookie mistake hanging a first-pitch curveball to Robinson Cano
in the bottom of the 1st and Cano slammed it for a 2-out solo HR. Johnson almost unraveled, loading the bases after the at-bat, but recovered to strike out Ichiro.
- Sabathia, after giving up a run on a double and 2 walks in 1st, settled down and managed to work safely through the next 5 innings. His command wasn't much better - he walked 4 batters total in the game - but he managed to work around potential trouble every inning.
- After not imploding in the bottom of the 1st, Johnson did in the 4th. An error put 2 on and nobody out and Johnson gave up a run-scoring double to Lyle Overbay
and a 2-run triple to Brett Gardner
to make it a 4-1 Yankee lead.
- After working a 1-2-3 7th with 2 Ks, CC put 2 men on in the 8th and that was it for him. A better outing, thanks in part to the White Sox sucking, than what CC's been giving this summer. Good to see some GB outs again.
- A Cano RBI single and Alfonso Soriano
sac fly to make it 6-1 seemed like enough to cruise to victory with D-Rob on in the 8th but Robertson struggled and only retired 1 of the 5 batters he faced after CC left.
- A 5-run lead evaporated into a 1-run lead and Joe went to The G.O.A.T. to finish the 8th and the 9th. It was Mariano Rivera
's first 4-out save since 2011 and he handled it without issue.