(Ka-ching! Courtesy of the AP)
Even though it wasn't the least surprising, the announcement that Derek Jeter
was out for the rest of the season was a bummer. His up-and-down season with injuries was really a microcosm for how the team's season has played out- fighting so hard to reach an unattainable goal and suffering heartbreaking setbacks just when it seems like things are getting back to normal. I know I didn't have the pep in my step for the rest of the night after I heard the news, so another win with the still-gettin'-it-done Andy Pettitte
on the mound would have been a good way to get it back.
- The Yankees had the fun advantage of leading after 2 innings despite not having a hit. Brett Gardner
walked to lead off the game, stole second, and scored on 2 sacrifice hits to make it 1-0, and Scott Feldman
held the lineup at bay through the 4th.
- Andy was up to the task of matching him through almost 3 innings, albeit while allowing a few hits. He got in trouble with 2 outs after giving up 2 straight singles, and a Chris Davis
double to right made it 2-1 Baltimore. A few more doubles the next inning stretched the lead.
- The Yankees didn't hit much early but when they started to, watch out. Curtis Granderson
led off the top of the 5th with a HR to make it 3-2. Alex Rodriguez
hit one with 2 outs in the 6th to tie things up.
- Pettitte settled down to work through the next few innings cleanly, and left with 1 out and a runner on in the 7th. Shawn Kelley
handled that, a returning Dave Robertson
worked around 2 hits in the 8th, and we went to the 9th still tied.
- That didn't last long. Robinson Cano
hit the second pitch he saw from Tommy Hunter
, a hanging change, for a solo shot to lead off the top of the 9th and the Yankees had the lead. Lyle Overbay
's insurance single later in the inning proved to be big.
- And that's because once again Mo was shaky in the 9th. Joe's ridden him hard lately, so it's forgivable, but a pair of 2 out hits to plate a run and pull Baltimore within 1 made things a little uncomfortable.