Yankees choke or did they?
Watched the baseball game of Yankees v. Tigers. Looking at every pitch and every moment that transcribe last night had me on the edge of my seat. I can careless about the Yankees, but I do have to admit that it was an exciting game.
I enjoyed watching Juaquin “Walking” Beniot pitched during the 7th and 8th inning. The gripping moments when he would be behind at the count, 3-0 with two man on base and Granderson at bat. Granderson is clearly a threat to any pitcher, and his record clearly states that he is a man not to be taken lately. As “Walking” Beniot look down at home plate catcher and slightly shake his head as to deny the selection by the catcher to throw a slider or a breaking ball, knowing that a mistake would load the bases. The call is set, and “Walking” pitches a high fast ball that loads the bases. These were the moments in the game that I would hold on to my baseball tight, because I know that the Yankees at any moment can strike a blow, and the Tigers would lose their lead from 3-2 in 7th.
“Walking” Beniot pitched a low breaking ball to Robertson Cano which quickly fly out and set the stage for Alex Rodrigues “A-Rod” to come to the plate. “Walking” pitches a fastball down the pipe and catches Rod looking. At this moment, my hands are sweating and the baseball is starting to get uncomfortable in my hand. “Walking” pitches a slider on a 0-2 count, and Rod swing and strikes out at the end of the 7th.
That moment was the defining moment that shifted the momentum to Detroit, and it was all over for the Yankees. The opportunity that the Yankees had in the 7th could not have been better placed for them, but they were unable to capitalize from their lineup.
In the end Valverde pitched again to Rod in the 9th, but it was a 1-2-3 strike which ended the game and gave a stunning victory to the Tigers to move on to the ALCS
In the end the Yankees had many opportunities, but it was the key at bat that made the difference in the game, and those at bat came from three strike outs by Alex Rodriguez.
You can add your opinion to the mix, but there is no doubt that A-Rod choked last night.