Yankees got exactly what they needed
The last thing the Yankees wanted to do was to head to Philly down 2-0. They asked AJ Burnett to come up big and that is exactly what he did. AJ was as good as he has been all year.Burnett went 7seven innings giving up just one run on four hits and struck out nine. Mariano Rivera came in and did what he does for the last two innings and the Yankees came away with a 3-1 victory.
Pedro Martinez was as advertized no longer the overpowering fireballer of the late 90’s replaced with the finesse pitcher of today. Eventually the Yankees figured him out and he gave up Home Runs to Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui . Jorge Posada added a pinch hit single in the seventh that scored Brett Gardner. Martinez left the game having gone 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits with 8 strikeouts.
With the series tied 1-1 both teams will take tomorrow to travel to Philly where Andy Pettitte will face off against Cole Hamels on Saturday. If you have been following along, Hamels has a post season ERA of 6.76 and Pettite is 3-0 with more post season wins then anyone else in the history of the game. Im going to give the advantage here to the Yankees in game three.
After game three it will get interesting. If the Yankees win and go up 2-1 will they start Chad Gaudin in game four or will they start Sabathia on short rest? I would say if they lose they certainly will start Sabathia and I believe they will either way. But Joe Girardi will not be letting anyone see this card anytime soon so we will just have to wait it out and see what happens.
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