Sunday, September 29, 2013

Yankees Win their Final Game

Although it wasn't in the World Series, the Yankees won the final game of their season. For the first time since 2008 the Yankees didn't make the postseason, but at least gave fans something to root for coming down the stretch in September. The Yankees really didn't want the season to end with the game going fourteen innings until the score was finally settled and the season finished for the Yankees who came in tied for third place in the American League East with the Baltimore Orioles. Both teams went 85-77, which for the Yankees is a huge feat considering what they were working with throughout their injury-plagued season. At least for the Bombers, they end the season on a high note, winning three straight against a Houston team that finished their season on a fifteen game losing streak. The big hits came from Curtis Granderson and Mark Reynolds. Granderson tied the game at 1 in the eighth inning with an RBI single and Mark Reynolds gave the Yankees the lead in the fourteenth with a solo home run to center field. Reynolds had a plane to catch so he wanted the game to end as quickly as possible. He left after the Yankees tacked on later on in the same frame but his contribution did not go unnoticed. Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run double to give the Yankees a three run lead and JR Murphy hit an RBI single to cap the scoring on the Yankees season. For Murphy, it was the first RBI of his Major League career.

Joe Girardi let everyone in on a secret after the game, where he admitted that he let Jayson Nix manage the game today. Nix managed the first nine innings of the game then Girardi took over in extras. Girardi has a lot of respect for Nix, calling him a "baseball player". Girardi believes that Nix will manage in the Majors one day, and why not give him a taste while he is still playing. The Yankees pitching was outstanding for all fourteen innings. Starting with David Huff who went five innings and struck out seven batters, and ending with David Robertson who pitched a perfect fourteenth to seal the win on game 162.

Tomorrow will be a fun day in baseball with the Rays playing the Rangers in Arlington for the AL wild card tie-breaker to see who gets to play the Cleveland Indians in the one game playoff before advancing to the ALDS. It is a shame that the Yankees couldn't make the postseason this year, but then again given what they had it is a miracle they finished four games above .500.

With that, this was be my final post-game recap of 2013. It was quite a ride with these Yankees, providing me with excitement and hope one day then giving me ojida the next. From blogging on trains, to blogging at 2 in the morning after working an eight hour shift; it was worth it to give myself a feeling of accomplishment knowing that I could stick to something, and I did. For 162 games, I gave you all everything I had to say and hope you enjoyed reading my opinions too. The off-season gets underway in a matter of weeks, and it will be an interesting one for the New York Yankees indeed. Stay tuned!

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