Leap for Joy! Game Two of the 2009 ALCS featured good starting pitching, not very good fielding, and a whole lot of late inning drama.
Both the Angels and Yankees got great efforts form their starters. Joe Saunders went seven strong innings, allowing only two runs on six hits, and Yankee starter A.J. Burnett went six and a third, also giving up two runs.
I don't know if it was the frigid weather that night, or just the lack of hitting, but the score remained 2-2 heading into extra innings, meaning this game would be decided by the bullpens.
The Yankees 'pen cracked first. After Mariano Rivera had gone two innings, Alfredo Aceves came on in the 11th inning and surrendered a go-ahead RBI single to Chone Figgans, giving the Halos a 3-2 lead.
But then in the bottom of the 11th, Angels closer Brian Fuentes had A-Rod down 0-2 in the count, and A-Rod hit the next pitch just over the out stretched glove of Bobby Abreu and into the right field seats.
It was still 3-3 going to the bottom of the 13th inning, and the Yankees were running out of options in the bullpen, so they desperately needed to win this game quickly.
And that's just what they did in the bottom of the 13th. Well, a Maicer Izturis throwing error really helped, allowing Jerry Hairston Jr. to score the winning run. Thus ending a four hour classic and giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the ALCS.