Yanks Stretch Out A Win In Game 2 Of The ALCS

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2009

Last night the New York Yankees played in yet another late-inning thriller. It was another Yankee classic as the Yankees and the Angels battled into the 13th inning.

New York struck first in the bottom of the second inning when Joe Saunders made a dangerous mistake by walking Nick Swisher with two outs. Robinson Cano stepped into the batter's box and took the third pitch of the at bat out to right-center field. The ball skipped on the slick outfield grass and it rolled all the way to the wall allowing Swisher to score easily.

After Burnett held the Angels in check in the top half of the third, the Yanks piled on in the bottom half. With one out, Derek Jeter took a fastball the other way, sneaking over the short right field wall, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Burnett hit a one his wild streaks in the top of the fifth. Maicer Izturis doubled to right to lead off the inning. After Napoli flied out, Erick Aybar took a 2 and 1 fastball right back up the middle. Izturis scored from second trimming the Yankee lead to one run.

Burnett then hit Chone Figgins on the foot, and walked Torii Hunter with two outs to load the bases for Vladamir Guerrero. 

Burnett attempted to get Vlad swinging on a nasty 1 and 2 curveball, but Burnett's pitch got away from Molina. Aybar scored from third, as Figgins and Hunter moved to second and third, respectively. 

On the next pitch Guerrero hit a weak ground ball the Jeter to end the inning, stranding two of the eight men he would leave on base in this game.

Burnett would go 6 1/3 innings allowing two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out four batters.

Over the next five innings, both teams had chances to take the lead, but neither could capitalize. 

The Yankees had men on with less then two outs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, but Joe Saunders used some magic to double plays in each of those innings. 

Saunders would finish his night after going seven innings allowing two runs on six hits. He only walked one batter while striking out five.

Meanwhile, the Angels had men in scoring position in the seventh and eighth innings, and they could not push any runs across. 

In the top of the seventh inning, the bases were loaded for Vladamir Guerrero. Joba Chamberlain was on the mound after giving up an infield single to Hunter. Vlad chased an 0-2 slider down and away for strike three.

In the bottom of the ninth it looked like this would be the inning for the Yankee magic with the A-Rod due up second. After Teixeira and Rodriguez grounded out the begin the inning, Hideki Matsui pulled a single to right field.

With the winning run on base, Girardi put speedy Freddy Guzman in place of Matsui on first base. 

With Brett Gardner at the plate, Chone Figgins had to play in to respect Gardner's speed in case of a bunt. Gardner took advantage of the huge whole between Aybar and Figgins and slapped a ground ball between them. Freddy Guzman moved to third on Gardner's single. 

The 0-1 pitch to Robinson Cano was tapped out in front of the plate. Jeff Mathis made a great play to pick up the ball cleanly off the wet grass and fire to first to get Cano to end the inning.

After a lead off single in the tenth inning by Guerrero, Mariano set down the next three Angels' hitters, keeping the score tied at three apiece.

In the bottom half, Melky Cabrera led off and singled to center field off of Darren Oliver. Posada then grounded out sending Melky to second base. 

The Angels intentionally walked Jeter to put a double play in order.

Damon worked the count full, but hit a high pop up in foul territory near third base. A pop up that would normally make its way into the seats, was blown back intro play by the rush of wind towards right center. Figgins made the catch for the second out.

Teixeira hit a ground ball right to Ayabr who flipped to Izturis for the final out of the inning.

Aceves entered to pitch the 11th inning after yet another great postseason performance from Mariano Rivera. 

After walking Gary Matthews Jr. to lead off the inning, Aybar sacrificed him over to second base. 

Chone Figgins singled to left field for his first hit of the 2009 postseason. Matthews Jr. scored from second and Figgins went to second base on the throw home. Bobby Abreu was then intentionally walked to put men on first and second with one out.

Torii Hunter grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.

With the lead going into the bottom of the 11th, Mike Scioscia went to his closer Brain Fuentes.

After getting ahead of A-Rod 0-2, Rodriguez got a hold of a fastball and sent it just barely over the wall to tie the game at four. Fuentes sent down the next three Yankees in order to send the game to the 12th inning.

In the top of the 12th, the Angels had men on first and second with two outs, but could not get anybody across the plate.

In the bottom of the 12th, Scioscia chose Ervin Santana to be his next pitcher. With men on second and third with two outs, Santana threw four straight nowhere near the zone to walk Teixeira and load the bases for A-Rod. The roaring crows got ready for a pie in the face of Alex Rodriguez, but all A-Rod could do was hit a high, routine fly ball out to center field for the final out of the 12th inning.

On the first pitch of the 13th inning, Erick Aybar hit a routine ground ball to Cano. Cano took his eye off the ball for a split second and the ball went underneath his glove and into right field. 

Figgins sacrificed Aybar to second base. Robertson then walked Bobby Abreu intentionally. With men on first and second, Hunter hit a ground ball to shortstop. Aybar went to third and Abreu moved to second on the groundout.

Vladamir Guerrero stepped up to the plate with a chance to make Angels fans forget about the six men he had already left on base in this game. 

Not happening.

Guerrero got behind in the count and hit a weak ground ball to Cano. Cano flipped to Teixeira for the third out.

Jerry Hairston Jr. lead off the bottom of the 13th in place of Freddy Guzman. Hairston Jr. looped a single to center field to get things started. Gardner laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to first base, sending Hairston Jr. to second base. Cano was then intentionally walked. 

Melky Cabrera then hit a weak ground ball to the first base side of Izturis. Izturis made the mistake of trying to get Cano at second base. His throw was well out of the reach of Erick Aybar. Hairston Jr. was being waved around home and it looked like there would be a play at the plate, but Figgins bobbled the ball as he tried to pick it up. 

Hairston Jr. scored easily and the Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the ALCS.


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