Monday, July 03, 2006

A-Rod Finally Comes Through in the Clutch!

Game date- 6/28/06

( Ten innings) Braves- 3, Yankees- 4

W- Villone (1-1)
L- Sosa (2-10)

Alex Rodriguez is congratulated at home plate by his teammates after hitting a walkoff, two-run home run in the tenth inning.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 0-5 (BB)
LF- Cabrera, 1-5 (2B, SB, BB, R)
SS- Jeter, 1-5 (1B, BB)
DH- Giambi, 2-4 (1B, 2 BB, R, RBI, solo HR [23] )
3B- Rodriguez, 2-5 ( 1B, BB, R, 3 RBI, walk-off, 2-run HR [16] )
RF- Williams, 0-3 ( 2BB)
1B- Phillips, 1-5 ( 3B)
2B- Cairo, 1-5 (1B)
C- Stinnet, 0-2

Other Yankee Batters:

C- Posada, 0-3
PR- Reese, 0-0 (R)

Yankee Pitchers:

Wang- 7H, 2R, BB, 2K, 8IP
Rivera- H, BB, 2K, IP
Farnsworth- H, .2IP
Myers- HB, 0IP
Proctor- 2H, R, BB, 1IP
Villone- BB, .1IP


Hidden behind the drama of A-Rod's clutch home run is Chien-Ming Wang's stellar performance. Wang pitched 8 innings, giving up only two runs ( 91 pitches). Rivera also did an excellent job out of the pen.

But in the botom of the tenth, with a runner on first ( one out and the Yanks down by one run) Alex Rodriguez hit a much-needed, walk-off home run into the left field bleachers. Rodriguez tossed his bat, flipped his helmet, and dove into his teammates awaiting him at home plate!


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