Yankees Take Commanding 2-0 Lead in ALDS

The Yankees yet again won another come from behind playoff game against the Minnesota Twins as they beat them 5-2 behind a strong performance from Andy Pettitte.

Here are some highlights:

  • The Twins had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd, but Carl Pavano couldn’t hold it. Pavano pitched 6 innings and allowed 4 runs.
  • Pettitte needed just 88 pitches tonight. His line: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.
  • The Yankees tacked on another run in the 9th when Brett Gardner scored on a Curtis Granderson single.
  • Kerry Wood and Mariano Rivera locked down the Yankees lead over the final 2 innings.
  • Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the 7th for arguing ball and strikes after an apparent strike 3 was called a ball and in the same at bat Lance Berkman doubled to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead.
  • Berkman also homered in the 5th inning that gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

With a 2-0 lead in the series, the Yankees are set up pretty well to advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time ever as the wild-card. The series resumes Saturday night at Yankee Stadium with Phil Hughes on the mound. If Hughes can’t wrap things up, CC Sabathia will pitch on short rest Sunday night. If it goes the distance it will be wrapped up in Minnesota on Tuesday.

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2 Responses to Yankees Take Commanding 2-0 Lead in ALDS

  1. Steve says:

    Congrats, Yankees Fans! Twins fan dropping in to say, wow, does your team make ours look like pretenders. Unbelievable.

  2. Bronx Knight says:

    Wow, is that guy Steve for real? That was gracious. If he is representative of Twins fans, then hats off to them.

    Wonderful night, beyond what I had hoped for. Andy Pettite set the clock back by 10 years. 7 innings, 88 pitches. Just an amazing performance.

    The team was running on every cylinder — an excellent, quality start, lights-out late relief, and solid offense from top to bottom. Every starting position player contributed at least a hit, run, or RBI.

    So now I'll be happy for the rest of the day. I can start worrying about game 3 tomorrow.

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