Well, the Yank and Sox just ended a rivalry series but they are still in the news together. Both teams are involved in the top two interleague series’ taking place this weekend. The Yankees are playing the Mets in the first Subway Series this season, and the Red Sox are taking on the defending champs Phillies. Both great matchups. Both headline matchups. So far, the Yanks have taken the first game of the series with the Mets on a walk off. The cause of the walk off- an error by Luis Castillo. More on this later. Now the Red Sox were in no need of a walk off. They beat the Phils 5-2. They shut out one of the best hitters in baseball, Chase Utley, and overall dominated the Phils. So here we go.
Joba took the bump for the Yanks against Livan Hernandez who has been pitching very well for the Mets lately. He pitched all right through four innings of work. But at least we can say he pitched through three innings. The funny thing is, he only gave up one hit. But he gave up two runs. The reason for this is five walks. And all of you know how much I hate walks. So he gave up the two runs, but nothing to drastic. He also struck out three. He had a pretty good night despite only pitching through four. And when a pitcher comes out early, I always get worried because we have to give it up to the bullpen. And that hasn’t exactly worked out that well for us most of the season.
Brett Tomko was the first to come out from the ‘pen and he caused the most damage of all. He gave up four runs on three hits and two walks. He gave up a homer to Gary Sheffield that drove in two of the runs he gave up. He only pitched .2 of an inning so it’s even worse that he gave up so much in such a little time.
Dave Robertson came in and pitched 1.1 innings. He gave up one hit, one walk, one run, and had three strikeouts. Not terrible but we needed him to hold them to no runs. That would have been better. Phil Coke came in to relieve Robertson and pitched 1.2 innings of perfect ball. He gave up nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. You get the idea. Then he was relieved by Mariano Rivera who was in for the last out of the eighth. And things went pretty bad for him.
Rivera came in and gave up a hit and a walk that would lead to a run to tie the game for the Mets. This was not what I expected from Rivera at all. Well, I was wrong, obviously. He did strike out two so the one run was all they got. It was all up to the Yanks offense now. Rivera pitched a good ninth and the game was still tied.
The Yanks then came up to the plate to first face Pedro Feliciano. HE got one out and handed it over to Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod if you will. He is the one who had problems. Not often found from K-Rod. He gave up a hit and a walk and then, everything went wrong for the Mets. A-Rod came up to bat and popped it up to Luis Castillo. The Mets second baseman dropped the ball and two runs scored. The Yanks took the game on an improbable play. A walk off not often seen but it happened and the Yanks got the win. It was a great way to end and exciting and pant wetter of a game. Way to go Yanks. Luis Castillo- sorry it had to happen to you.
A win for the Yanks has been scarce over the last few games. They were swept by the Sox and that just made it even worse. But this win over another rival must boost their confidence. We need to get some more wins and hope the Phils can get it done against the Red Sox. We are currently 2 game back of the Sox who are in first. Hopefully we can get some more wins against the Mets to make up for the sweep from the Red Sox.