In a game that took 5 hours, 10 minutes, the Yankees finally – finally – won, 4-3, when Jerry Hairston raced around from second base on Maicer Izturis’s errant throw. Melky Cabrera hit the grounder that started the play, but Hairston got the pie from A.J. Burnett in the post-game celebration.
The Yankees will now head west with a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Back with more later.
UPDATE, 1:23 a.m.: Mike Scioscia on Brian Fuentes’s pitch to A-Rod: “Brian was trying to get a fastball up there and didn’t get it up enough.”
UPDATE, 1:27 a.m.: Joe Girardi on A-Rod: “He’s swinging great. It’s pretty unbelieveable what he’s done for us so far. I talked about it before the playoffs started – I thought he was in a great place. He’s been huge for us.”
When asked about what it was like to manage this game – Girardi used 21 of his 25 players (all that was left was Cervelli, Gaudin and two starters) – he said, “I think I told Derek that I was starting to run out of bullets. It was a great game to manage. I’m wiped out right now. I’m sure I’ll sleep good on that plane.
UPDATE, 1:35 a.m.: Here’s some A-Rod quotes: “You’re definitely not thinking home run. You’re certainly not thinking home run when you’re down 0-2. He made two tough pitches on me … I finally got a pitch I could handle.”
(On how he’s turned himself around this season): “I know you guys are looking for something profound – I’m just in a good place. I’m seeing the ball and I’m hitting it.”
(What did he think going around the bases?): “The first thing I was thinking was double or home run? Once I saw the home run call, I was very happy.”
(On the game as a whole?): “That was a fun game. I didn’t do much the rest of the night but I enjoyed every minute of it. We have some relievers with some serious guts. You can’t say enough about our bullpen. They did a phenomenal job.”
UPDATE, 1:55 a.m.: That’s it for me. The Yankees – not surprisingly – canceled their workout in Anaheim tomorrow and will have a conference call with Girardi and Andy Pettitte instead. Josh will have a wrap-up post here, and you’ll hear from Chad and me from California tomorrow (actually later today). Goodnight!