I can’t believe I watched the entire 5 and a half hours of this game, only to be crushed by Nelson Cruz twice. Damn it.
The entire game, up until that ill fated get me over slider by Joba, I was getting ready to write how the Yanks overcame some extremely bad umpiring to win this game. Especially early on, the umpires were making a lot of bad calls in favor of the Rangers. Swisher struck out on 2 balls and a swing that he checked. Cervelli threw out Ian Kinsler by a mile and Kinsler was called safe.
You can’t even put the blame on Vazquez for this one, as he pitched decently despite having nothing velocity wise. He was averaging 85-88 with his fastball (although I did see a few hit 90, and one I think that hit 92). But his fastball had a great deal of movement. I was particularly impressed with the backdoor, Maddux like, 2 seamers he was throwing early on. He had a lot of bad bounces go against him in this one, and if you listen to the post game you could tell how frustrated he was.
But alas, the game was heart breaking in extras. They had plenty of opportunities to score and couldn’t. Once Moeller was up with the bases loaded, and there was noone that could catch for him as Cervelli was pinch hit for (thus Moeller couldn’t get pinch hit for), you knew the game would be over in the bottom half of the inning. Gaudin didn’t make you wait long, as the first pitch of the inning ended the game. Yuck.