Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Rodriguez, Sabathia, Cabrera Lead Yankees to 10-1 Triumph Over Angels
Players of the Day for Tuesday, October 20, 2009 NY Yankees 10 LA Angels 1 The New York Yankees took a 3 games to 1 lead in the ALCS best-of-seven series, making New York's first trip to the World Series since 2003 a near certainty. The Yankees need just one more win to earn the right to move on, and it could happen as early as Thursday, when A.J. Burnett faces John Lackey in Game 5 at 7:57 pm EDT in Anaheim. Should the Angels win that game, the Yankees would still have two more chances at home to return the pennant to New York. If necessary, games 6 and 7 are slated for Saturday and Sunday at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees didn't take much time to get to LA starter Scott Kasmir, who was in trouble from the very first batter. Derek Jeter singled to lead off the game, but was caught stealing, helping Kasmir escape unscathed. Kasmir lasted only into the 5th inning, throwing 90 pitches, as the relentless Yankee batters kept the pressure on and eventually broke through for a run in the 4th, when Alex Rodriguez scored on a fielder's choice grounder to second by Robbie Cano. Melky Cabrera, the #9 hitter in the lineup, drove in two more with a single stroked to left field, putting the Yankees up 3-0. In the 5th, after Kazmir walked Mark Teixeira and was pulled, Rodriguez greeted reliever Joe Mulder with his 5th post-season home run and third of this series, giving the Yankees a 5-0 lead and essentially settling the matter right there. C.C. Sabathia, pitching on three day's rest, dominated the Angels, allowing just 5 hits and one run, which came on Kendry Morales' solo home run in the 5th. Sabathia was never in trouble and needed only 101 pitches to completely throttle the Angels over his 8 innings of work, walking two and fanning five. After the Yankees added 2 runs in the 8th and 3 more in the 9th, Cad Gaudin mopped up with a perfect 9th inning to end the game. Melky Cabrera finished 3-for-4 with 4 RBI, but the night belonged to A-Rod, who went 3-for-4, with a double and his homer, 2 RBI, 3 runs and a stolen base. Rodriguez leads all Yankee regulars with a .375 batting average.