After dropping two out of three to the Toronto Blue Jays which set back their playoff chances, the New York Yankees were staring at their final nine games with each one as a must-win, the first starting up against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium.
With the news of the day being that Andy Pettitte would be announcing his retirement after the 2013 season, the game was being headlined by the two team aces and former Cy Young Award winners in CC Sabathia for the Yankees and Tim Lincecum for the Giants.
The Yankees struck first against "The Freak" as Alfonso Soriano hit his 33rd home run of the season, a solo shot off Lincecum that put the Yankees up 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
In the top of the third, the Giants tied the game when Juan Perez's RBI double made it 1-1. After that, the fans got to see the aces battle it out and tossed zeroes back and forth between each inning.
Both Sabathia and Lincecum kept at is, but it was Lincecum who wore down in the bottom of the seventh inning, as he allowed a lead-off single to Eduardo Nunez and then stole second base with Brendan Ryan, who was hit with a pitch, setting up 1st and 2nd with only one out.
J.R. Murphy's liner down the third base line was stopped by Pablo Sandoval, who tagged third for the second out, but that was all he could get. Ichiro Suzuki walked to load the bases, which forced Giants manager Bruce Bochy to take out Lincecum and bring in Geroge Kontos to face Alex Rodriguez, who had been slumping as of late.
However, Kontos gave Rodriguez a nice fastball to hit right down the middle, which A-Rod drilled over the right field wall for a grand slam and put the Yankees up 5-1. The home run was Rodriguez's seventh home run of the season, which was also his 654th home run of his career. With the grand slam, it was the 24th career grand slam, which is now the most grand slams in baseball history, passing Lou Gehrig who has 23.
With all four runs scoring, they were all charged to Lincecum, who went 6.2 innings, allowed five runs on four hits, walked two and struck out six and for the most part, pitched well in the battle of aces, but ran out of steam against a patient Yankee lineup.
Sabathia on the other hand, looked like his old, dominant self on the mound, as he went seven solid innings, allowed one run on seven hits, walked three and struck out four.
David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth inning and despite not being a save situation, Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game and held on to the Yankees 5-1 victory on Friday night. Sabathia got the win and improved to 14-13, while Lincecum took the loss and dropped to 10-14.
With the win, the Yankees are now 81-73 and three games behind in the American League Wild Card race. On Saturday afternoon, Ivan Nova (8-5, 3.36 ERA) will look to continue the Yankees winning success against the defending World Series Champions, who will counter with Ryan Vogelsong (3-5, 5.73 ERA.)
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