UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Still zeros on the board as we get into thread No. 2.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: The Yankees bats may be ice cold but CC has come to play tonight. That slider to get Abreu was nasty. He’s thrown only 29 pitches through three.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: We’ve seen this story before, no? Second and third, none out and Matsui goes down swinging. Now it’s on Cano.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Earlier in this series, A-Rod ran over the catcher in a close play at the plate and was out. This time, he slid and just got in under Napoli’s tag. That was an aggressive play, and if Kendrick’s throw hits Napoli in the chest, A-Rod is probably out. Instead the throw was high and A-Rod just got in underneath. 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: And Melky (finally) delivers a single to left with RISP, two runs scoring on a great slide by Cano. Then, with Jeter up, Kazmir absolutely had Swisher picked off second but the ump blew the call. Let’s see if the Yankees take advantage of the break and knock out Kazmir.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: A second bad call in the inning, this one against the Yankees. Third base ump Tim McClelland just took a run off the board for the Yankees, saying Swisher left third base too early on a sac fly by Damon (replays show he didn’t). I guess you could say justice was served – Kazmir would have been out of the inning if Swisher had been correctly called out at second on the pickoff.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Meanwhile, CC continues to cruise. Three up, three down on just nine pitches. He’s at 38 through four.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: That’s it for Kazmir. Jason Bulger coming on to face A-Rod.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Scioscia’s probably thinking that Kazmir could’ve done that. That was A-Rod’s third homer of the series and fifth of the postseason, matching Reggie Jackson for the second-most by a Yankee in a single postseason (Bernie Williams had six in 1996). A-Rod has homered in three straight games and it’s now 5-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Darren Oliver coming in after Bulger walks Posada. This could get pretty ugly pretty quick if the Yankees can string together a few more hits. The way CC is pitching so far, 6-0 or 7-0 will look like 15-0.
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Well, I’ve seen it all – Posada just stole second.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: And, after that display of blazing speed, Posada gets completely faked out by Torii Hunter’s deke and doesn’t score on a double off the wall. Quite a sequence there. Second and third for Swisher.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Wow. Tim McClelland is one of the best umpires in the league and he is having an absolutely brutal game. Neither Cano nor Posada was on the base when Napoli tagged them, yet somehow McClelland ruled that Posada was out and Cano was safe. Awful baserunning by Posada to begin with, but an even worse call by McClelland.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: That’s the first mistake by Sabathia, as Morales takes him over the fence in dead center to make it 5-1. According to the GameCast I’m using, Morales hit a 97 mph fastball. Not bad.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: FYI, for those who asked: Posada had one stolen base during the regular season: April 29 against the Tigers.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Big escape for Sabathia there. He’s at 63 pitches through five so still should have plenty left.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.: Time for another thread. 2,200 comments and counting …