"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Game recap: ALDS Game 1

I've over it now.

The Yankees have won Game 1 of the Division Series the last two years and ended up losing the series.

This year, they lost Game 1 by a score of 12-3.

This was a terrible game. Chien-Ming Wang had nothing. He gave up eight runs and walked four in 4 2-3 innings. Joe Torre left him in too long, but Wang had nothing to begin with. So, it's impossible to blame Torre for this one.

The Yankees also lacked clutch hitting when the game was actually close. In the first inning, after Johnny Damon led off with a home run, C.C. Sabathia walked Bobby Abreu and Alex Rodriguez. Jorge Posada then struck out and Hideki Matsui grounded out.

In the fifth inning, the Yankees had the bases loaded with one out trailing by one. Posada then swung on a 3-0 count and eventually struck out when all he needed to do was hit a fly ball. Matsui then popped out.

A lack of pitching and clutch hitting does not win ballgames. Not being able to hit a sacrifice fly has plagued this team for years now.

Andy Pettitte needs to step up tomorrow night. If he doesn't, it's time to prepare for another early October exit/embarrassment.


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