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Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of luck.
After losing their previous four games, the New York Yankees finally found a way to get it done, beating the Los Angeles Angels 6-5, to salvage the final game of the weekend, three game set on the ten year anniversary of 9/11.
The New York Yankees had been playing from behind all game, mostly due to an offense that has been almost non-existent and hiding over the past four games. Eventually, the Yankees gritty offense came alive, slightly, scratching and clawing away at every lead the Angels managed to get throughout the game. With help from long balls by Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson, the Bronx Bombers worked their way back into the game. Unlike most games this season, it was not runs via the home run that solely aided in a Yankee victory.
Desperately searching for ways to win, the Yankees simply looked to the sun. With runners on first and third and one out in the top of the seventh, Mark Teixeira skied one out to right-center to the normally sure handed centerfielder, Peter Bourjos. On a routine play, Bourjos lost the ball in the sun at the last minute, allowing both Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter to score and give the Yankees their first lead in almost fifteen innings.
Mariano Rivera earned his 40th save of the season and 599th of his career, only two away from the all-time saves leader, Trevor Hoffman, to solidify the big win and move the Yankees 3.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox for first place.
Prospect catcher, Austin Romine, made his first career appearance in the seventh, relieving Jesus Montero behind the plate. This has to make you wonder how much faith Joe Girardi has in Jesus Montero catching certain pitchers in the Yankees rotation or late in the game in general. With lingering injuries to Russell Martin and Fransisco Cervelli, Austin Romine might see a lot more action and continue to play up until October if he impresses and gets the job done.
Jesus Montero has already proven that he can hit. He has shown his power and his ability to take the ball the other way. After struggling quite a bit with Freddy Garcia’s curveballs and preventing passed balls on Sunday, we have seen that Montero’s strong point is his bat and not his glove.
After knowing nothing but Jorge Posada behind the plate for the past fifteen years, the emergence of Montero and Romine and the continuous good play from Martin and Cervelli have combined to create plenty of options and definite possibilities behind the plate for the Yankees.
Let’s see if Austin Romine can hit.
The victory for the Yankees was definitely felt throughout New York.
Ten years ago, New Yorkers looked to New York sports for any sort of escape, refuge, and hope after witnessing one of the most notorious days in United States history. Ten years later, the Yankees escaped a losing streak, found refuge in home runs, luck, and Mariano Rivera, and gave Yankees fans the hope they temporarily lost after slumping this late in the season.
More importantly, the victory reminded us all that even through the toughest of times, baseball and the New York Yankees will still provide that same hope we all searched for ten years ago on that day of infamy.