Yankees Walk-Off in Style
The Yankees got a much needed walk-off victory on Tuesday night as they defeated the Blue Jays 5-4 at Yankee Stadium. Mark Teixeira delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth past the first basemen and into right field for the victory.
So why was this victory a significant one for the Yanks?
CC Sabathia started for the Yankees and went the FULL distance! He gave up eight hits, four runs, one walk, and three strikeouts to the Blue Jays over the nine innings. It was his first complete game of the year, and, according to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, it was his first complete game victory for the Yankees since May 8, 2009, which was the team's last complete game win. It's a span of 341 games which was the longest in AL history!
In this game the Yankees were down 4-1 as they entered the bottom of the 8th. Yankees got an RBI double from Robinson Cano to score Curtis Granderson to make it 4-2 and got a single by Russell Martin right after to score Cano to bring the game to within 4-3. In the bottom of the 9th the Yankees tied the game thanks to a clutch pinch-hit double by Jorge Posada with one out. Curtis Granderson then got his fourth hit of the game to bring home Posada and tie the game at 4. Mark Teixiera then knocked home Granderson with his hit later on to bring in Granderson as the winning run and that's how the Yankees won it. A nice well-rounded victory without the use of a home run for those thinking the Yankees have been too reliant on the home run ball.
It was Mark Teixeira's first regular season walk-off victory with the Yanks. He, of course, did deliver a crucial walk-off win in 2009 in the ALDS.
The Yankees end their home series with the Blue Jays Wednesday before traveling to the west coast to begin a huge west coast trip which begins at Seattle, then heads to Oakland, CA and finishes in Anaheim, CA, a place where the Yankees struggle each and every year.
As always you can catch all of these games on 104.5, "The Team", ESPN Radio.