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Big shout out to Garret Jones in the top of the tenth. Leading off the inning, Jones poked a wormburning ground ball towards the left side to beat the shift. That's exactly what players like Jones need to do coming off the bench in a game like this. Guys like Mark Teixeira, who are more valuable to the Yankees as power-hitters in the lineup every day, shouldn't change their swings. But big kudos to Jones for getting it going. The Yankees couldn't capitalize, though. An A-Rod fly-out and a Carlos Beltran double play killed the inning (he had just taken a hard foul ball off the top of his foot, tough stuff).
Justin Wilson, struggling somewhat this year, came in for the bottom of the tenth and promptly allowed a lead-off single to Kyle Seager. Rickie Weeks, with Seager on first, squared to bunt and sent it blooping into the air towards the first base side. It took a really great play by Wilson - a lefty falling off to the third base side - to layout and catch it in the air, and then from his knees, send it over to first to Stephen Drew covering, who also made a nice pick across his body for the double play. He then got Logan Morrison to ground out.
Didi, owner of yet another baserunning blunder in this game (he fell over between second and third and got caught in between), began the 11th with a single, but was erased on a Brian McCann double play, bringing up Stephen Drew with two outs and no one on. Drew, the hero in the ninth with a game-tying, two out, RBI double, lined a single off Tom Wilmelmson, and moved to third on a Brett Gardner double. Two outs, two on, for Garrett Jones, and with one swing of the bat off lefty Joe Beimel it was 5-2 Yankees. I honestly did not think it was out off the bat - Jones went and got it low and out over the plate and golfed it in the air - but it carried several rows back in right. Cool.
Andrew Miller ran into a little trouble in the bottom of the inning, allowing a run to score, and bringing up the go ahead run in the dangerous Nelson Cruz with two outs, but he got Cruz swinging on a pretty nasty pitch inside to end the threat. 5-3 Yankees final score.
Just a few random thoughts:
Good to see production by the bottom of the lineup, specifically by Stephen Drew. He's really struggled this year, so that two out game-tying double was huge. And then he followed that up with a two-out single to start the winning rally. Good Stuff.
At one point during a Nelson Cruz at bat (I forget which one), pitching coach Larry Rothschild came out mid at-bat simply to figure pitch selection. The camera panned to Alex Rodriguez, who seemed to really be having fun from the dugout, perhaps following the pitch selections and thinking along with it. He's really locked in right now, and I think being able to sit on the bench and focus all that baseball brilliance solely on hitting is a big reason why.
Mark Teixeira's walk in the tenth; it was clear Wilhelmson wanted no part of Tex and pitched around the powerful slugger. Cool to see that Teixeira is a presence again.
And that leaves CC. I'm always happy when CC pitches a good game.