Um... You'll have to excuse me if this recap is all over the place but that ninth inning made me have a legitimate panic attack. And I know I shouldn't let baseball affect me this much but I cannot help it. In fact, my heart is still beating out of my chest.
So let's talk about the good stuff in this game first, shall we?
How about the offense scoring six runs? That was nice to see and a little shocking to witness after the past four games when they could only muster two runs in each game and then stop scoring.
And that five run third inning was pretty cool. Travis Hafner got it started with a three-run shot to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, something the Yankees hadn't seen since about 1987. Just kidding. Like I said it has only been about four days or so. Then Lyle Overbay joined in on the fun with an RBI double and Jayson Nix hit an RBI single to put the Yankees up 5-0.
In the top of the eighth, Vernon Wells put the Yankees up 6-0 with a sacrifice fly. Surely, the Yankees couldn't blow a six run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, could they?
Before I get to that, let's talk about CC Sabathia. Jack Curry of the YES Network tweeted a pretty cool stat about Sabathia: "In the last 3 games he's started while team was on losing streak of 5 or more games, he's allowed 1 run in 25 1/3 IP." Today, he gave up two runs but they weren't until the ninth inning and that's because he put two runners on base and David Robertson couldn't get more than one out and Mariano Rivera had some troubles of his own.
After Robertson couldn't get the second out of the inning, Joe Girardi called on Mariano Rivera to clean up the mess Sabathia and Robertson had gotten the Yankees into.
And after Rivera got the second out of the inning, the Angels hit three bloop singles to plate four runs. Yes, after leading 6-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Sabathia, Robertson and Rivera combined to put the tying and winning runs on base with Mike Trout coming up to bat.
After walking Trout to load the bases, Mo struck out Albert Pujols to end the game.
So the Yankees finally pick up a win, they're finally coming home and we don't have to deal with any west coast nonsense for a while. Hey, it's three wins in one!