I turned this one off in the 4th and hit the sack after Javier Vazquez gave up the lead as a result of yet another Adam LaRoche RBI base hit (speaking of which, I am totally on board with NoMaas' plot to bring LaRoche to New York. Make it happen, Cash!).
Not that I didn't think the Yankees couldn't come back from a mere 4-2 deficit against the Diamondbacks' putrid bullpen, but moreso because (a) I was exhausted and didn't have the patience for another see-saw contest, (b) I figured if the Yankees did come back they didn't need me to do so, and (c) if they did battle back I'd have a nice present to wake up to upon checking my BlackBerry for the score during my usual 3am bathroom trip. As it so happens, the Yankees did come all the way back, beating Arizona 6-5 in 10 innings, for a huge extra-inning road win.
Despite the late-inning heroics of Alex Rodriguez (game-tying sacrifice fly), Curtis Granderson (go-ahead solo home run) and of course, Mariano Rivera (escaping a bases-loaded no-out jam in the bottom of the 10th!!!), I'm still happy with my decision, as I'm pretty sure I would've destroyed my television at some point during the remainder of this game.
As an aside, I sure hope people aren't still upset about the Granderson trade. I know his overall line (.246/.321/.455) is a bit down from where we'd like it to be (although how about that SLG?), but so far this season he's sure had a penchant for timely home runs -- the go-ahead solo shot against Boston in the third game of the year, the go-ahead bomb against the Mets last Saturday, and now last night -- not to mention the fact that Austin Jackson (.307/.353/.413) has finally cooled down and likely still has even more cooling to do (Jackson's ZIPS ROS projected wOBA is a mere .304, which would have him finishing the season at .322).
And so, in the immortal words of RAB's Mike Axisa, the Yankees won a game they had no business winning, and managed to take the series 2-1 over Arizona. That the Yankees walked 13 times in this game and only scored six runs is mind-boggling, not to mention the fact that Dontrelle Willis issued seven(!) free passes in his 2 1/3 innings of work. Speaking of which, how do you knock the opposing starter out in under three innings and somehow manage to trail the game after four?
Perhaps even more important than the Yankees stealing a game were the late-inning heroics of former Yankee Jason Giambi up in Colorado. Much to my chagrin, presumptive Cy Young Ubaldo Jimenez completely unsurprisingly had his worst start of the season against the Red Sox, and I figured Boston was a lock for a victory. But the Rockies would have none of that, as they hit two home runs off Jonathan Papelbon -- including Giambi's walk-off two-run bomb -- to send Boston to a second straight loss for the first time in nearly two weeks. THANK YOU, GIAMBINO!
Not only that, but the Rays continued their downward spiral, losing for the 11th time in their last 19 games. There's still so much baseball left, and I fully expect the Yanks, Sox and Rays to be battling it out until the bitter end, but it's still nice to see Tampa Bay in particular stumble a bit.