The Yankees needed a sweep of the doubleheader and a Red Sox loss to clinch the American League Eastern Division and that’s what they got today as a pair of 4-2 victories over the Rays earned them another trip to October.
Jorge Posada was the guy who got the big hit in the bottom of the 8th with the game tied at 2-2. It came after the Rays intentionally walked Robinson Cano to face the rookie Jesus Montero with the bases loaded for the second time of the game.
The first time Montero looked bad hitting weakly into a double play. So the second time around manager Joe Girardi elected to go with the veteran Jorge Posada, who has barely played since Montero was called up from the minors. But the old man can still hit righties and he lined a shot right center that drove in two runs to go ahead 4-2.
It wasn’t a great game for everybody though. CC Sabathia has been stuck on 19 wins for a little while now and was denied his 20th victory yet again. Girardi gave him every chance to leave the 8th inning with a lead, giving him up to 127 pitches to get out of the inning, but he needed David Robertson. D-Rob continued his Houdini act as he threw one pitch to get a double play to get out of a bases loaded jam.