Wednesday, September 23, 2009
ANAHEIM—On the evening the Yankees became the first Major League team this season to enter the playoffs, they sweated out yet another sneak preview of just what the next month might feel like.
Using the long ball to open up a five-run lead, the Yankees gave it all back, but this Angel Stadium script ended differently than most. Brett Gardner scored on Alex Rodriguez’s ninth-inning sacrifice fly to provide the margin of victory in a 6-5 decision over the Angels.
That felt like a playoff game, huh? After a sloppy defensive inning in the eighth to blow a 5-4 lead, the Yankees small-balled their way to a go-ahead run behind TSBG’s legs and Mariano Rivera locked down the 6-5 win over the arch-nemesis Angels.
Yanks are in the playoffs, and their magic number for both the AL East and home field advantage is down to six. Tough matchup tomorrow against Scott Kazmir, but if the Yankees can take that one they salvage the road trip IMO.
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