I had to work today, but there was a TV there so I was able to watch the game. That 3-run shot by Nady was glorious, and Moose pitched a stellar 6 innings allowing 0 runs. It was a little risky pulling him out after 6 having thrown so few pitches, but the Yankees managed. There were some rough spots as Chamberlain decided to have a lapse, but Brian Bruney, Phil Coke, and Mariano Rivera all deserve a round on Moose. Also, the offense scrapped up some runs in the 9th off Papelbon to put the game a little further out of reach.
I for one am extremely excited for Moose. He lost the first two games he threw this month and needed to win 3 straight against some tough teams if he was going to get the 20, and you know, he did just that. He is a likely candidate for the Comeback Player of the Year Award. I for one would be fine seeing him back here next season. He's pitching effectively with some really light stuff. And this isn't a fluke seeing as he's done it all season, and its produced the first 20 win season of his career. I hope he decides to play next year, and I hope the Yankees bring him back.
You may have noticed that we didn't do individual summaries for these games. Tomorrow we're going to do a weekend summary covering all three games for your Monday morning reading pleasure. Until then, Congratulations Mike Mussina!