Once again, the story is Shawn Chacón. As much as Chien-Ming has been Obi Wang this season, Shawn has been “Neo Chacón.”
Ever since Morpheus Cashman freed him from the Baseball Matrix in Colorado, Chacón has been “The One.”
It was also great to see Mo get the save tonight only using 9 pitches.
Of course, a huge thanks has to go out tonight to Frankie The Cat and Ted Lilly. It must be nice for Lilly to win in Fenway at a time like this – when it was just two years ago that the Boston Bush Leaguers had his name taped to the backs of the jackets in an attempt to get the crowd at Fenway to sing-song his name and try and rattle him.
With the Yankees now up by one game, with four to go, it means that – at the worst – New York would need to win 2 of 3 in Fenway this weekend to take the A.L. East (and not a sweep to clinch). Further, with a win tomorrow – regardless of what Boston does on Thursday – New York would then only need one win in Fenway to lock in a tie for the East.
Throw in the Cleveland loss tonight – which gives a little breathing room in the Wildcard chase, if needed – and it’s just been a very nice night in Yankeeland.
Now, it’s up to Small Hobbs to keep moving the chains tomorrow.