Sunday, October 11, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS—Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada belted solo home runs as the Yankees penned the final chapter of baseball at the Metrodome, posting a 4-1 victory over the Twins on Sunday to wrap up a three-game American League Division Series sweep.
On a team that signed two big ticket free agent starting pitchers and was supposedly returning a healthy Chien-Ming Wang, and with Joba Chamberlain expected to build on a solid half season as a starter, Andy Pettitte was pretty much a forgotten man. More than a few posters here thought signing him was a mistake and that the Yankees would be better off just using one of their prospects in his spot.
I for one am glad they brought him back.
After six frustrating innings failing to solve Carl Pavano, Alex Rodriguez got the Yankees on the board in the seventh with a game-tying solo shot. One out later, Jorge Posada gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead with another solo shot. The Metrodome is a homer-prone disgrace. Joba, Hughes and Mo closed it out while the Yankees tacked on a couple of insurance runs, and they’re heading to the ALCS to meet the Angels.
The pitching was great in this series. The hitting, not so much. But you have to be happy to see what Rodriguez did in this series. He shouldn’t have to hit .455/.500/1.000 in the postseason like he did in this series. He just has to hit like he does in a typical season. Derek Jeter hit .400/.538/.900 and Posada hit .364/.364/.636, and that was essentially enough to carry the rest of the team.
It feels great to win a postseason series again, doesn’t it?
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