Yanks Season on Brink After "Invasion"

Last night was the kind of game that we'll all remember, but for all the wrong reasons. A swarm of Candian Soilders came into the game at the worst possible time. In the bottom of the 8th as Joba Chamberlain was about to start the inning he signaled to the dugout for bug repellent. The end result of the 8th inning was a leadoff walk, 2 wild pitches and the tying run scoring on the latter of the 2 wild pitches.

Via Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com:

"Just when you think you've seen it all, you see something new,'' New York shortstop Derek Jeter said. "I guess that's the home-field advantage for them -- just let the bugs out in the eighth inning. It worked.''

Last night ended with a 2-1 Indians win in 11 innings. Travis Hafner had the game winning hit after turning on a 3-2, 2 out, bases loaded pitch from Yankees reliever Luis Vizcaino. With the victory last night the Indians are now up 2-0 in the best of 5 series and are now one win away from reaching the ALCS. The series now shifts to Yankee Stadium for Game 3 Sunday night.
Via Mark Feinsdad NY Daily News:
"The only thing we can do is win one game at a time," Joe Torre said. "I know it sounds trite and you've heard it before, but that's where we are and that's what we need to do. We can't really worry about Monday or Wednesday until we get one under our belt."

What will be overlooked is the starting pitching for Game 2. The Indians' Fausto Carmona dominated the Yankees lineup through 9 innings with his power sinker. He was reaching 94-97 mph all night with it. His one mistake was a hanging slider to Melky Cabrera in the 3rd inning. Otherwise he was exactly what the Indians hoped he would be. A night earlier in Game 1, Cleveland's other ace C.C. Sabathia was wild and in trouble but never gave in and pitched just well enough to keep his team in the game and pick up the win. Carmona struck out 5, giving up 1 run on 3 hits.

Yanks' Game 2 starter Andy Pettitte was the guy Torre wanted out there. He felt comfortable with Pettitte giving him the pitching performace his team needed, and Pettitte delivered. Pettitte lasted 6.1 innings before giving way to Chamberlain in the 7th. All night Andy danced in and out of trouble, picking off Kenny Lofton on 2nd base to end the 5th and retiring 3 straight Indians after giving up a leadoff triple to Grady Sizemore in the 6th. Those were just some of Pettitte's highlights last night. His postseason experience proved to be vital as he made the slim 1-0 Yankee lead hold up.

For the second straight game, the Yankee offense was nowhere to be seen. Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and is now 4-for-47 with no RBIs in his last 14 playoffs games. Johnny Damon, Jeter, Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada, and Robinson Cano all went hitless last night, a game that lasted 11 innings. The Yanks season is on the brink again in the first round for the 3rd consecutive season.

Via NY Daily News:
"We'll win two games at home and we'll come back here," said Pettitte, who gave the Yankees 6-1/3 shutout innings in the loss. "We need to win three ballgames and that's the way we'll look at it. We've been here before, we've done this before, and we'll have to do it again if we want to move on."

New York has Roger Clemens going against Cleveland's Jake Westbrook in Game 3 Sunday night. It's time for the bats to wake up as the Game 3 and Game 4 pitching matchups favor the Yanks, and that's even with the Yankees not knowing who's going to start Game 4 for them. New York's been down 0-2 in the ALDS before under Joe Torre (2001 against Oakland), and they were able to overcome the deficit. They've already overcome a lot this season, but now is the time to make it happen, in the House That Ruth Built, then hopefully back to Cleveland for Game 5 Wednesday night. 28 million dollars on a 45 year old, who holds the Bombers season in his hands...I think its time to give back, for one night Roger, be worth every penny of that 28 million.
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