Friday, September 21, 2012

Russell Shows Muscle in Walk-Off Win

The Yankees offense was anemic for much of the night but were still two outs away from winning the game 1-0. The only run driven in to that point was by Curtis Granderson on a sac fly to shallow center field. The one run would prove to not be enough against this pesky A's team that was rolling prior to tonight. Brandon Moss hit against Soriano in the ninth and he provided the blast which tied the game and forced the Yankees into extra innings. David Robertson was key in the tenth inning as he set down the top of the Oakland lineup in order. Russell Martin led off the bottom of the tenth inning and did not waste any itime. Before he came up, I truly believed that he would do something special. He did not disappoint as he lined a walk-off home run into the left field seats to send the Yankees to their sixth straight victory. The entire stadium was roaring as Martin rounded the bases to give the Yankees an extra inning walk-off.

CC Sabathia was fantastic in his start despite not receiving a decision. Sabathia did not allow a hit until the sixth inning and finished his night by tossing eight shutout innings. This is the Sabathia the Yankees need heading into late September and fall baseball. If CC can pitch anywhere near as well as he pitched tonight, the Yankees have a postseason rotation with minimal question marks.

The Yankees did to the Oakland Athletics what the Oakland Athletics did to the Yankees in July. They won the game by one run in walk-off fashion to give the Athletics a taste of their own medicine. Being at the stadium to witness Martin's walk-off hit was the best experience I have has at Yankee Stadium after witnessing Alex Rodriguez's 600th home run. Oh, and the Yankees have won six straight games!

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