Sunday, October 25, 2009
Yankees Clinch On Another Pathetic Angels Pitching Performance: Yankees 5, Angels 2
Joe Saunders had mostly nothing in the fourth, and that was the ballgame.
Exciting sub-moment: Vlad ended Mo Rivera's scoreless streak at home. Big whoop.
Update, the morning after: Vlad getting doubled off first in the second inning is one of those memories that will stick for a while. His idiotic baserunning gaffes are not something I will cherish. Likewise, the eighth inning Keystone Cops errors by Kazmir and Kendrick were simply dreadful.
Chone Figgins got a cameo as the leadoff man driven in by Vlad; there's a certain irony in Vlad having a good postseason just in time to watch him hit the market.
Jered Weaver was not a good choice to start this game (despite some grumbling I'm hearing about elsewhere) because of his road splits and the extreme left-handed lineup the Yankees can run out there. That's two major weaknesses right there. But he's accumulated a fine postseason record again this year.
Juan Rivera is a part-time player again, or should be. He hit .200 in this series with only one extra-base hit, but the worst of it was his .257/.309/.418 second half.
Update 2: Where was Brian Cashman last night?
Now, I'm convinced they're down in 5. The Angels tried their mightiest to hand the 3-game sweep to New York, and the thing still went 6.