If the Yankees never get into a brawl last night and Jorge Posada never gets suspended, Francisco Cervelli never gets his bottom-of-the-ninth at bat with Brett Gardner on third base.
True, maybe the Yankees don’t need some ninth inning magic to win the game, but that ruins the fun of this post.
As it were, Chad Gaudin did the whole Chad Gaudin thing: he pitched well enough for five innings and then necessitated the bullpen coming in during the sixth inning.
Toronto soon took a 4-2 lead thanks to the ineffectiveness of Brian Bruney (who, at this rate, must have Pebble Beach reservations come October 1st…). It should be mentioned that both Phils, Coke and Hughes, Damaso Marte and Mariano Rivera all pitched well, and at this rate, it’s those guys, much more than Bruney, that will be relied upon come the postseason.
It looked like it might be another depressing loss–not devastating, just not the way you want to end a homestand before a trip to Seattle and Anaheim–until Hideki Matsui hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to tie the game.
Once that happened, it was as though the Yankees had new life.
Joe Girardi here deserves credit for a double-switch in which he hit Gardner in the nine spot in the line up and Cervelli in the second spot–because at the time, the ninth spot came up before the second, which ended up playing out in a perfect manner.
Brett Gardner singled to get on base, stole second, went to third on Jeter’s out and then scored on Cervelli’s single.
The magic number for a playoff spot of any sort right now is now four, and the division is eleven–and could well be ten by the end of the night.
Fourteen walk-off wins–including two on this homestand–and even the rookies are getting in on the action.
It’s not the worst way to head to the West Coast.
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