Saturday, October 2, 2010

Division Title Hopes Kept Alive with Game One Victory

With the Game 161 kicking off, I'll keep this short and sweet.

The Good
The one through five hitters were 9 for 24 (.375) with four walks, five runs, five RBI, and five extra-base hits.

The Bad
The team was 3 for 21 with runners in scoring position.

The Ugly
Andy Pettitte struggled putting batters away, requiring 88 pitches to get through only four innings, allowing a great deal of hard contact in leaving several pitches out over the plate - certainly not the sort of performance one would like heading into the postseason. This is particularly jarring due to Pettitte's lack of fine-tuning following his injury issues.

This was a sloppy game with a great many ups and downs, with Kerry Wood in particular leaving me on the edge of my seat (walking three and plating a run with a wild pitch). Regardless, the Yankees won and, in the end, they control their own fate - a sweep of the Red Sox means a division title.

Player of the Game: Robinson Cano - 3-5, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI

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