The positive is that the Yankees still scored 6 runs, A-Rod being responsible for 3 of them, and him along with Damon combined for a 5-8 night.
Another positive from the game is that Robertson and Aceves each pitched 2 scoreless innings, and Hughes put up 1.1 scoreless frames. Coke got lit up, but other than him the bullpen combined for 5.1 scoreless innings against the Phillies. Hopefully, Hughes can carry this into his next appearance.
Phil Coke was terrible last night in relief as he recorded two outs and gave up two homeruns. Not a ratio he should be proud of.
I was particularly angry at Jeter for his 9th inning double play when we had the perfect rally opportunity brewing. A sac fly, a hit, even a strikeout would have been preferable, but instead Jeter killed our rally with a double play. I can't be too mad at him though. Afterall, this game had less to do with the offense, which scored 6 runs, and all to do with pitching, which allowed 8. Burnett was awful. He lasted 2 innings and you can't really call what he did in that time pitching. It was more like lobbing and praying for the best. It didn't work out. He allowed 6 runs. 6! In 2 innings! He really didn't give us a chance.
The good thing is that we're going back to the Bronx, the bad is that we missed an opportunity to win the world series, and have let the Phillies back up for air. If it goes to game 7 it will be trouble. The Yankees need to go all out on Wednesday, and Pettitte is the perfect man for the job.
World Series MVP Game 5
My first vote goes to sir Alex Rodriguez, who 2-4 with 3 RBI's, half the total Yankee score.
A second place vote goes to Johnny Damon. Remember when he was slumping bad early in the post season? He went 3-4 last night, driving in a run, and scoring 2. He's up to .381 for the post season now.
Third place vote goes to David Robertson. Yes Aceves pitched two scoreless innings like Robertson did, but Robertson came in right after Burnett who had allowed 6 runs, and he tamed the Phillies offense. Cutting down a team's momentum is tough, and Robertson did that.
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 World Series MVP breakdown:
A-Rod = 7 pts
Johnny Damon = 5pts
CC Sabathia = 3pts
AJ Burnett = 3pts
Nick Swisher = 2pts
Hideki Matsui = 2pts
Derek Jeter = 2pts
Jorge Posada = 2pts
Andy Pettitte = 1pt
Mariano Rivera = 1pt
Dave Robertson = 1pt
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
The RJG will continue to donate to Johnny Damon's homerun club throughout the post season. We believe that our $1.00 donations build just enough good will to push the Yankees into their next World Series title. We expect a ring Bronny Cash.
No homeruns last night again. Do the Yankees hate children? They better make up for it Wednesday.
Post Season Homeruns:
Derek Jeter 3hr = $3.00
Hideki Matsui 3hr = $3.00
Alex Rodriguez 6hr = $6.00
Mark Teixeira 2hr = $2.00
Jorge Posada 2hr = $2.00
Johnny Damon 2hr = $2.00
Nick Swisher 1hr = $1.00
Total = $19.00
Regular Season Total = $244.00
RJG Donation Total = $263.00
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.