To have beaten Cliff Lee tonight, the Yankees would have had to pitch perfectly.
Sabathia didn’t even pitch poorly–he’s been so dominant lately that a little bit of rust looked akin to a collapse–but he wasn’t a match for Lee tonight.
Lee’s performance tonight sparked memories of Koufax and Ford–that’s how good it was.
Until the ninth inning, the Yankees had just one batter reach second base, and none reach third.
There’s not much else to day–it wasn’t a bad managerial move that cost the Yankees the game; the other team simply pitched better.
Okay, so perhaps Brian Bruney should not be anywhere near a postseason roster, but this isn’t really the point here.
You can debate how you would have pitched the top of the eighth–my faith in Robertson didn’t work out the way I’d hope, but it happens–but it wasn’t a bullpen that blew the game.
With the way that Lee pitched, even if the score had remained 2-0, the Yankees’ chances were still slim–he was that good.
The first six innings, at least–before the Yankees went to the bullpen–were everything that a neutral fan would want to see in a World Series game: good pitching, good fielding, and played in a crisp manner.
Alas for us, we have a rooting interest that was on the wrong end of that game.
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