Mussina was great, he threw six shutout innings, allowing just three hits, two walks, and struck out three. He finishes the year 20-9 with a 3.37 ERA. After the first four starts he was 1-3 with a 5.75 ERA, and I thought it was going to be another down year for Mussina, but boy was I wrong. Since that start on April 17th against the Red Sox, Mussina went 19-6 with a 3.10 ERA.
The big blow of the game came off the bat of Xavier Nady, a three-run homer off Matsuzaka in 4th that put the Yankees up for good.
But the game was not without its nervous moments, though. The Red Sox had runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out in the 8th, and eventually cut a 3-0 Yankees' lead down to a 3-2 lead, but then Mo came in, bad shoulder and all, and struck out Pedroia to end the 8th with the tying run on first.
In the top half of the 9th the Yanks added three very big insurance runs off of Jonathan Papelbon to give Mo all the runs he'd need, and that was it. Mo retired the Sox easily in the 9th and Moose had his 20th win.
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||4||1||2||1||1||1||0||.302|
2B: Cano (35, Matsuzaka).
HR: Nady (25, 4th inning off Matsuzaka, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Gardner; Rodriguez, A 2; Nady 5; Cano 4; Ransom 2.
RBI: Nady 3 (96), Molina (18), Cabrera (37), Rodriguez, A (103).
2-out RBI: Nady 3; Rodriguez, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gardner; Molina; Giambi; Miranda.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Abreu (22, 2nd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek), Cano (2, 3rd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek).
|Mussina (W, 20-9)||6.0||3||0||0||2||3||0||3.37|
|Coke (H, 5)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.61|
|Bruney (H, 12)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.83|
|Rivera (S, 39)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.40|
RED SOX PITCHING
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Mike Mussina - MOOOOOOOOOOSE (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K - win #20)
HONORABLE MENTION: Xavier Nady (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, R)
|N.Y. Yankees||0||0||0|| 0 ||0|| 1 ||0||0|| 2 ||0|| 3 || 9 ||1|
|Boston|| 1 ||0||0||0||0|| 0 ||0||2||0||1|| 4 || 7 ||0|
I have to give the Yanks some credit, tonight they trailed the game 3-1 in the top of the 9th and fought back to tie the game when they easily could have gone down without a fight.
I also give them credit for playing some good baseball down the stretch, in fact it was their best baseball of the season. They went 17-9 in September, won 9 of their last 11, and 12 of their last 15. It surely doesn't make me feel better about missing the playoffs, but at least they have something to build off of going into 2009.
|Rodriguez, I, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.276|
a-Walked for Ransom in the 9th.
TB: Gardner; Cano 2; Giambi; Betemit; Cabrera 3; Miranda.
RBI: Nady (97), Miranda (1), Cano (72).
2-out RBI: Cano.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nady; Giambi 2; Cervelli 2.
GIDP: Rodriguez, I.
Team LOB: 9.
SB: Gardner 2 (13, 2nd base off Wakefield/Cash, 2nd base off Timlin/Ross), Nady (2, 2nd base off Timlin/Ross).
|Veras (L, 5-3)||0.2||2||1||1||2||2||0||3.59|
RED SOX PITCHING
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Sidney Ponson (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K)
HONORABLE MENTION: Melky Cabrera (3-for-4)
I'll leave you with what Jeter told the media tonight: “It was a failure. We did not do what we wanted to do, We did not accomplish any of our goals.”
"Everyone should take this season personally.''