Sunday, September 6, 2015
SLAPPING DOWN ARCHER
There are 2 things that are true. Chris Archer is a good pitcher... and you never can predict baseball. Just ask John Sterling.
In a game where many Yankee fans I spoke to today were concerned that we'd lose against Archer, the Yankees came back and proved to the world that baseball is a very fickle sport. The Yankees won today, just like they now need to do every day, and it happened because we were able to see and break out of a mini-funk, conquer Archer, and then cross the finish like champs.
First off, the pitching. The Yankees sent out Ivan Nova today. He went 6 innings, giving up 6 hits and 3 runs. He struck out only 3 and let's be honest, he actually kept the Yankees in the game enough where their rally was able to crack Archer's code.
Archer was cruising and then in the 6th, Brian McCann hit a 3 run homer to tie it 3-3.
The next batter, Alex Rodriguez then deposited his home run into the seats. Now, the Yankees were suddenly ahead, and Chris Archer was looking into the crowd, biting the webbing of his mitt in frustration. To be honest with you... I was very pleased right then.
In the 7th, Brett Gardner reached on a force out and Didi Gregorius scored. The Rays tacked on another and then it would be 5-4 Yankees, but Didi then came up in the 8th, and singled, knocking in Rico Noel. Damn... what a name... sounds like a Hollywood actor... or... Gigolo.
Whatever the case... Andrew Miller came in, got the save to make it number 31 on the season, and just like that, the Yankees won it.
The Jays won today too, but listen to me; Sooner or later, the Jays will fall. I can feel it.
Final: Yankees 6 - Rays 4
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