Sunday, April 20, 2014
THE YANKEES HAVE RISEN!
It's Easter. Yankee fans went to bed last night sad and uneasy. Today, the Yankees handed the ball to Vidal Nuno and crossed their fingers after getting absolutely humiliated the night before losing 16 - 1. I mean, Dean Anna was the mop up guy last night. What could be worse. Today, the Yankees needed this one.
They needed a hero. Who knew the hero would be Dean Anna and who knew the miracle on this Easter Sunday would be working a great at bat and an eventual walk to force in the leading run in the bottom of the 12. Don't know what the heck I'm talking about? I'm talking about "moments". I'm talking about what makes baseball great.
The Yankees and Rays were notched at 1-1 until the 12th inning. It was then that Dean Anna fouled off a bunch of pitches and worked the count to 3-2. Then, he walked and with the bases loaded, Brett Gardner scored. I knew it was important when I saw "no expression" Masahiro Tanaka shouting for joy from the bench. Right then, there was hope. Shortly after that, Carlos Beltran singled scoring Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury.
Then Alfonso Soriano singled home Anna, and just like that, we were up 5-1.
At that point Preston Claiborne got the win, Heath Bell got the loss and Dean Anna was smiling ear to ear. Mop up guy last night, working out a walk today.
Sure, we can talk about the Yankees pitching troubles all you want, but if you think about it, the Yankee pitching kept a good hitting Rays club at 1 run all day. Nuno went 5 innings giving up 3 hits. David Phelps, Matt Thornton, Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley and Preston Claiborne only allowed 1 run and pitched well.
In the end, when the Yankees backs were against the wall, and Yankee fans hopes were dwindling... there was a miracle. Ironic.. it came today of all days... Easter Sunday. Wow.
Final: Yankees 5 - Rays 1
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