Friday, May 1, 2009

Instant Classic: Yankees Comeback Stretches Win Streak to Four

Down 9-4 entering the bottom of the 8th inning, the Yankees appeared poised to suffer another frustrating loss at the hands of the Angels.

They had jumped out to an early 4-0 lead; before everything quickly unraveled for Andy Pettitte and the bullpen in the 6th.

After four runs in the 8th and two more in the 9th, the Yankees had snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat.

Jorge Posada was the game's shining star, lacing a two-run walk-off single off of Angels closer Brian Fuentes.

The unquestionable unsung hero of tonight's memorable victory is Yankees 3B Ramiro Pena. A defensive-minded, short-term replacement for Alex Rodriguez has become an offensive juggernaut in recent games.

Pena's two-run single in the 8th gave New York every reason to believe the momentum had swung sharply back into its favor. He collected three hits on the night, raising his batting average to a shocking .333.

Many fans, such as myself, likely missed some of the game action. I will now be staying up until after 2 AM to watch the replay on the YES Network.

This is an amazing win at a critical time, and shows the heart, determination, and will of the Yankees ball club.

C.C. Sabathia will attempt to continue the winning trend tomorrow against unknown Angels starter Matt Palmer. Saturday will represent just his fifth Major League start, although he recently turned 30 years old.

With four games on the horizon against the Red Sox and Rays, a series victory over the pesky Angels could prove to be a huge rallying cry moving forward.

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