UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: We go to the ninth and to the third thread of the day. This one could take awhile.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Wow. You can’t say Scioscia doesn’t learn from the past. He intentionally walks A-Rod – putting the go-ahead run on base – and now gets Jerry Hairson, pinch-hitting for Gardner. Here’s the crazy part: It’s your closer, putting the go-ahead run on base in the ninth inning and it’s probably the right move.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Scioscia gets it right. Hairston had no chance and it’s Hughes back out to try and keep it tied in the bottom of the ninth.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Lockdown inning for Hughes. Bulger in for Fuentes in the 10th.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Girardi is staying with Hughes in the bottom of the inning. He’s thrown 16 pitches so far.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Mathis ropes a double off the wall in left leading off. Now Posada is stalling so Rivera can finish getting ready.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Rivera coming in. It’s unorthodox bringing your closer in to a tie game on the road, but in this particular situation, I think it’s the right move. This is October, not July.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Score that a sacrifice and fielder’s choice … and a bad case of deja vu, if you’re a Yankees fan.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Great play by Texieira on the grounder. One out now, and Girardi has Rivera walk Abreu to load the bases. Hunter up and everyone on the Yankees infield gathers at the mound for a quick conference.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Girardi sends in Hairston – losing the DH – to left field, replacing Damon. He wants the better arm in the outfield here.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Another grounder to Tex and he goes home with it. Two out. Vlad up.
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Unbelievable. A third ball to Teixeira, who grabs it and takes it himself to complete one of Rivera’s greatest postseason escapes ever. Especially after he threw away the bunt, you had the feeling the Yankees were done. Instead, Rivera re-writes the end of that story and now the Yankees will face Ervin Santana in the 11th. Amazing drama.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: By the way, it got DEAD silent here when Guerrero bounced to first. That was the Angels’ chance to get right back in the series.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Cervelli to hit for Rivera. The Yankees lost the DH when Hairston went into left field in the 10th.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Another strange move from Girardi: He takes out Robertson and calls for Aceves to face Howie Kendrick. Not sure the rationale here – one righty, replacing another righty. Kendrick was 1-for-2 lifetime against Robertson, according to Chad, and has no history with Aceves. In a tie game, Robertson faced only two batters.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: And that’ll do it. Jeff Mathis, light-hitting catcher, crushed his second shot of the night off the wall and Kendrick came all the way around from first. Angels win, 5-4. Yanks lead the series, 2-1.