The Yankees scored early off Jered Weaver. Jorge Posada capped the four-run rally with a two-run bomb to right. Weaver settled down for the next four innings, and Andy Pettitte continued to put up zeroes until the sixth inning.
The Angels connected for four singles off Pettitte to force him out of the game. Mark Melancon, entering the game with an 0.00 ERA, allowed a bases-clearing triple to Gary Matthews Jr. giving his team a 6-4 lead.
The Angels extended their lead to 9-4 with three runs off Jose Veras, but unfortunately for them, Melky Cabrera and Ramiro Pena were coming up in the eighth. After Melky drove in one run with a single, Pena scored two with a single of his own to bring the game within one run. Then the Yankees loaded the bases with no outs against Angels closer Brian Fuentes for Jorge Posada. With the less-than-filled Yankee Stadium crowd on their feet, Posada delivered the key two-run single to left-center. Full box score here.
Another walk-off, another win for the Yankees. Before this series, I predicted a sweep on Fletch's blog. I am sticking to it.
- Posada hit a homer and a walk-off in the same game. Enough said.
- Pena had his first career three hit game. Who needs A-Rod, when you have Pena?
- Jonathan Albaladejo and Edwar Ramirez were the only two to hold the Angels scoreless, as they finished the last 2 1-3 innings of the game.
The Yankees look to clinch the series tomorrow afternoon with their $161 million man pitching. CC Sabathia (1-2, 4.73 ERA) takes on Matt Palmer (1-0, 6.00 ERA).