The Yankees’ first postseason game got off to a late start after a two and a half hour rain delay at Camden Yards. However, the delay did not seem to hurt the Yankees. The bombers jumped out to a one nothing lead in the first inning with Derek Jeter singling and Ichiro Suzuki doubling the other way against Baltimore starter Jason Hammel. But the Yankee lead was short-lived when, in the bottom of the third inning, Nate Mclouth knocked in two runs off of C.C. Sabathia. Suddenly, Baltimore was leading two to one. The Yankees eventually tied the game up in the fourth. After walks to Rodriguez and Swisher, Texiera singled and A-Rod scored. The score remained 2-2 until the ninth inning. In the top of the ninth, Russell Martin hit a clutch solo home run to left field off of the American League save leader, Jim Johnson. This opened the floodgates for a huge five run inning. The Yankees won the game seven to two.
The Yankees played solid baseball last night. Ultimately, however, much of the credit goes to the Yankees’ starter, C.C. Sabathia. C.C. pitched eight and two thirds innings of two run ball and fanned seven batters. This is exactly what the Yankees need to move on in the postseason: some solid offense and good starting pitching. At the end of the day, I have to tip my hat to the Yankees. Now it’s time to get ready for game two.