Wow, that was one heck of a game. Many people had written off the Yankees after their loss in Game 4, but the Yankees had other ideas tonight. After failing with runners in scoring position all series, the Yankees finally broke through tonight. Verlander again proved that he can be beaten in the playoffs, and the Yanks were finally able to capitalize on hung pitches in the strike zone.
I also am willing to toot my own horn a bit: I thought that Paxton could go toe-to-toe with Verlander tonight. Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, I said in today’s Mailbag that Paxton would go 6 innings and strikeout 10 batters. Well, I was almost right: Paxton went 6 innings with 9 Ks. I’d say that I came close enough.
More importantly, the Yankees pulled the ALCS to 3-2. The hard part starts tomorrow night in Houston: re-create tonight two more times. Let’s recap tonight’s masterpiece:
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