Four hours and sixteen minutes and a whole lot of drama later, the Yanks beat Boston 6-5 in 10 innings. As I write this from my cousin’s apartment in Somerville, MA there’s just a slightly heightened level of satisfaction knowing that I’m one of the only happy people in this miserable town right now.
Despite the victory, there were still some things which leave me somewhat uneasy as we head into postseason play next week. Andy Pettitte managed to strike out eight batters in four innings but also found a way to allow 11 baserunners. All told, his line (4 9 3 3 2 8 ) paints a picture of results all over the map. Along the same lines, Kerry Wood’s three-walk, two-strikeout 8th inning really gave this game the schizophrenic feel of Yankee pitchers in complete command…except when they weren’t.
Game 2 (AJ Burnett vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka) commences sometime in the next hour. Hopefully AJ Burnett finds it within himself to pull a rabbit out of his hat and save the bullpen for what could be the division-deciding game tomorrow.