CC and Yanks Power Into ALDS

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Game 1: NYY Leads 1-0

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The absence last year didn’t last to long. The Yankees finished this season with the best record in MLB. The expected postseason drought was non-existant in game one. The big offseason gem — C.C. Sabathia — made the start for the Yankees, and he was dominant. He went 6.2 innings, giving up 8 hits, 1 earned run, struck out 8 and walked none. He gave up another run which was unearned. C.C. certainly answered any questions about his sluggish postseason history.
The other question, of course, was Alex Rodriguez. He, too, had many many questions surrounding him, and he, too, answered them. He went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. When was the last time Alex Rodriguez had 2 RBI’s in a postseason game? 2004 against the Red Sox! I think we may see a different Alex Rodriguez this postseason.

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Jeter also had 2 RBI’s. He was 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 3 runs scored. He also added a big home run two-run home run in the 3rd inning with the Yankees down 2-0.
Swisher got the Yankees ahead for the first and final time in the 4th inning, with an RBI double down the left field line. 
Hughes, Coke, Chamberlain and Rivera all bridged together the final 2.1 innings, with Rivera pitching the ninth. It seemed as though Girardi wanted to just get everyones feet wet in the playoffs, and really wanted to win the game.
Twins starter Duensing was great the first time through the order, but the Yankees got to him and limited him to just 4.2 innings pitched, and knocked him around for 5 runs.
Player of the Game: C.C. Sabathia: W, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, ER, 0 BB, 8 SO
The Wrap-Up: This was a big game for the Yankees. For the last couple of years, the Yankees have just gotten knocked out in the first round. Last night, the Yankees gave themselves a great chance to win this series. A-Rod and C.C. both proved that they will have no troubles in the postseason. That was the only question that needed to be answered, all they need to do now is just play!
Coming Up Next:
Game 2 in New York. It will be Burnett vs Blackburn. New York leads the series 1-0. After this game, the series moves to Minnesota. 
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4 comments

  1. ibleedpinstripes

    Certainly a good start! I don’t think you could’ve asked for or wanted more from that game. Well, maybe you could have but we need not wear out our guys now! We need to let the Twins wear themselves out first! I’m excited to see what game 2 will bring… I guess we’ll just have to wait to find out!

    – Lisa
    http://perennialpinstriper.mlblogs.com/

  2. Buz

    I was impressed with Nick Swisher. Obviously the guys you expect to perform… Jeter, Rodriguez, Matsui.. but when you get the big knock from a guy like Swish (who’s been doing it all year)… makes these guy nearly unbeatable.

    buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

  3. southernbelle

    Game 1 was lovely, it was quite a relief for me. I was unsure about CC and Arod, and they both comforted me with their performaces. Game 2 is coming! I hope I see Burnett’s good stuff tonight, and I hope I see Molina behind the plate! -Virginia
    http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

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