In the hours after the game, I am incredibly pleased with the effort by the Yankees, but I am also concerned about some things that I saw in the game.
With one clutch swing last night , Alex Rodriguez did what several teammates could not: drive in a run in the late innings.
The Yankees left runners at second and third against Kevin Jepsen in the ninth when Cano tapped a dribbler to send the game to extra innings. In the 10th, they left Cabrera at second base when Damon fouled out and Teixeira grounded to short.
In the 10th, Cabrera had reached first on a bloop single and taken second when Aybar failed to tag second while trying to turn a double play. Umpire Jerry Layne made a bold call, clearly Aybar had not touched second base. But the Yankees could not capitalize.
Dave Robertson allowed a two-out double to Jeff Mathis in the 12th, but he struck out Matthews to end the inning.
The entire staff pitched outside of CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Chad Gaudin. Phil Coke, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera, Alfredo Aceves, Damaso Marte and David Robertson combined to produced this line: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K. They allowed a few too many baserunners but stranded 12 of them on base.
Rivera pitched 2.1 innings of one-hit ball before leaving after 10. It was his first two-plus inning outing since Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. It’s a good thing the Yankees have Sunday off before an afternoon game on Monday.