Friday, July 2, 2010
Alex Rodriguez didn't know the inning, didn't know the day but he knew enough to hit a 2-run home run in the 8th inning Thursday to give the Yankees a 4-2 win.
A-Rod looked bewildered as he returned to the dugout after snapping a 2-2 tie with his 595th career home run. He had good reason to be. CC Sabathia revealed during the post-game that A-Rod thought it was the 9th inning and was wondering why he wasn't being greeted at home plate.
It gets even better though. YES' Kim Jones grabbed A-Rod for a quick on field interview as soon as the game ended. A-Rod talked about how the Yankees ran into great pitching on Friday and Saturday. Uh..that was Tuesday and Wednesday.
So while A-Rod's head might not have been in the game, his bat certainly was. The Mariners had tied the game in the top of the 8th. With two men aboard, Jorge Posada committed a costly passed ball that moved both runners into scoring position. CC Sabathia then allowed a 2-out, 2-run single to Russell Branyan to tie things up. Sabathia probably would not have had a chance for the win had Branyan not been caught between 1st and 2nd for the inning's final out.
Mark Teixeira singled off closer David Aardsma with one in the 8th to set up A-Rod's game winner, a smash to the opposite field. Mariano Rivera then came on to record his 18th save of the season.
Chicago back in the day.