Very impressive pitching performance out of Andy Pettitte, who has continued his post season show of dominance with 6.1 innings of 1 run ball and 7 strikeouts.
The biggest offensive player of the game has to be Jorge Posada who hit a homerun to give the Yankees the lead in the 7th inning and then drove in another run with the bases loaded in the 9th. A-Rod also hit a homerun to tie the game in the 7th. Was there any doubt he would hit one?
Phil Hughes is scaring me a little bit. Also, Damon needs to step it up next round. He went 0-4 with 4 strikeouts and has a .083 average through the first 3 games of the postseason.
First, Carl Pavano dominated the Yankees through 7 innings. He threw 7 innings of 2 run ball, with 9 strikeouts. How did that happen? Pettitte still got the win, but I'm surprised Pavano did so well.
Second, what was Girardi thinking pulling Andy Pettitte in the 7th inning? Was Pettitte really incapable of pitching to Delmon Young? He had thrown 81 pitches at that point.
Lastly, now that we've swept the Twins, we have the distinct pleasure of waiting 5 days before we can see another game. Yes, we start playing the Angels this Friday. So its going to be an interesting few days on the blog, since there will be nothing to write about. However, we at the RJG are masters at turning no news into big news. Stay tuned. We'll find ways for you to pass your time well enough.
My first vote for last nights game will go to Andy Pettitte. Without his pitching performance, you really have nothing.
The second vote goes to Posada who hit the go ahead homerun, and drove in a second run to put it further out of reach in the 9th.
And my third place vote goes to A-Rod, who has been outstanding this series, hit the game tieing homerun back in the 7th.
With our patented RJG scoring system, a first place vote gets a player 3 pts, a second place vote will get 2 pts and a 3rd place vote gets 1 pt. Here is the ALDS MVP breakdown:
Alex Rodriguez 5 pts.
Derek Jeter 3 pts.
Andy Pettitte 3pts.
Jorge Posada 2 pts.
CC Sabathia 2 pts.
AJ Burnett 2pts.
Mark Teixeira 1 pt.
As expected, A-Rod is crowned as the RJG ALDS MVP. He's batting .455 through these first 3 games and has two homeruns with 6 RBI's. We hope he keeps this up.
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
We will continue our Joe Dimaggio-like streak of charitable giving through the post season. We believe that our $1.00 donations builds just enough good will to push the Yankees into their next World Series title. A-Rod and Posada gave all the run support the Yankees would need with their back-to-back homeruns in the 7th last night.
Post Season Homeruns:
Derek Jeter 1hr = $1.00
Hideki Matsui 1hr = $1.00
Alex Rodriguez 2hr = $1.00
Mark Teixeira 1hr = $1.00
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Total = $6.00
Regular Season Total = $244.00
RJG Donation Total = $250.00
If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page. Live it. Love it. RJG.