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Soul Trane

CC Sabathia was as good–no, he was better–than expected. He was an Ace. Going into the eighth inning he’d given up just one hit. The A’s did make solid contact a few times: Eduardo Nunez made a nice snag on a line drive, Robinson Cano fielded a sharp ground ball, Curtis Granderson caught another line drive, otherwise, this was the CC of old.

Jarrod Parker, his counterpart, was just as good, almost. Granderson waved at a pitch in the dirt in the fourth inning and lifted it into left field, good for a sacrifice fly.

Alex Rodriguez had a couple of hits and Ichiro also got two more hits, including one we’re not likely to see again, a ground ball back to Parker that the pitcher fumbled down his jersey. Ichiro ran safely to first with the ball trapped inside Parker’s shirt.

The score remained 1-0 until the eighth. With a man on first and two out came an infield single before CC hit Johnny Gomes. But he got JJ Reddick to fly out to left on one pitch to escape trouble.

Rafael Soriano was not as fortunate. He got the first out in the ninth and got pinch-hitter Brandon Moss, a lefty, to foul off a slider. Paul O’Neill, on the YES broadcast, said that was a dangerous pitch to throw to a lefty but Soriano doubled-down and the next one wasn’t low enough and Moss cranked a moon shot into the right field seats. Forget the shutout, forget a “w” for CC.

Soriano got out of the inning thanks in large part to a wonderful catch by Russell Martin next to the Oakland dugout. David Robertson pitched well in the tenth which set up one of the great moments of the season.

Russell Martin got a fastball up and over the plate and he launched the 1-0 pitch into the left field seats for a home run.

Mr. Coltrane, indeed.

Final Score: Yanks 2, A’s 1.

[Photo Credit: NewY-rk; Kathy Kmonicek/AP Photo]

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1 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 21, 2012 9:46 pm

Here's a treat for everybody:

2 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 21, 2012 10:05 pm

[1] Thanks. That's cool.

I didn't realize he spent his summers in Jersey. We could have been at some of the same Yankee games as fans.

3 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 21, 2012 10:14 pm

[1] Nice trip down memory lane. Out of all the great ones I hated seeing the 2003 opener in Toronto. 6 months without baseball only to see Jeter slide into the catcher at third to completely fuck his shoulder on opening day. Boy did that suck. The Core Four pic with the World Serious trophy was one I had not seen, though. Good stuff.
Good win tonight. #fucktheuntuck

4 thelarmis   ~  Sep 21, 2012 10:24 pm

[3] ken huckaby. fuckin' jerk. i think he was in the wrong on that play.

i had to have surgery on my left shoulder, after dislocating sooo many times for sooo many years. crazy amounts of pain.

5 thelarmis   ~  Sep 21, 2012 10:32 pm

the giambino's porn stache of doom in "the speech" photo, is all kindsa awesome!

the 3,000th hit pic w/ the jorge bearhug and Mo smile is timeless.

but, of course, the Core Four Ring #5 wins!

6 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 22, 2012 12:39 am

Coltrane Martin! So apt, St. John Coltrane was born on Sept.23,1926. He would have been 86 years old this Sunday!

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