NYY 10, Detroit 1

October 5, 2011 – 11:05 am

For a short while there it looked like Bad A.J. wasn’t even going to make it out of the first inning, but then Curtis Granderson saved his butt big time with a spectacular catch. And then lo and behold, Good A.J. took the mound in the second and proceeded to pitch 4.2 innings, giving up just one run on four hits, and amazingly just one walk. Jekyll and Hyde, eat your heart out — A.J. Burnett makes your act look amateurish.

And if that weren’t miracle enough, the slumbering Yankee offense awoke to pound out 10 runs on 13 hits, and actually hit when it mattered, going 6-for-14 with RISP. More importantly, I think, the hitting was once again all up and down the order with every position in the lineup getting at least one hit. And — be still my heart — Alex Rodriguez actually went 2-for-4, breaking his post-season oh-fer. Let’s hope that’s a sign that A-Rod is finally breaking out of his prolonged slump since returning from the DL.

So now it’s down to a one-game winner-take-all match up in The Bronx with Ivan Nova and Doug Fister in a re-do of the latter half of Game One. Got to say I like the odds on this one.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 6 0 10 13 0 8 3
Tigers 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 9 4
WP: A. Burnett (1-0)   LP: R. Porcello (0-1)
HR: NYY – None, DET – V. Martinez
LOB: NYY 7, DET 6   RISP: NYY 6-for-14, DET 0-for-4

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