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Yanks Dodge a Bullet, Take Game 2 in 9th



By Mike Silva ~ October 21st, 2011. Filed under: 1973 Mets vs. 2009 Yankees.

Many thought the ’73 Mets were huge underdogs in this series, but through two games they have been right there with the Yankees. The difference is that one big hit. Last night, they may have blown their best chance of making this a series as they left 14 runners on base in a 2-1 loss at Yankee Stadium in Game 2 of the Strat-O-Matic Sim Series.

A.J. Burnett was erratic all nights (6 walks), but f0und a way to dance around the base runners. Perhaps the Mets best chance was in the 4th, as they had the bases loaded with two-outs for Rusty Staub, but Burnett buckled down and struck him out. The game would remain scoreless through five innings.

The big decision came in the sixth, after the Mets broke through. After two quick outs, Wayne Garrett singled, Felix Milan walked and Rusty Staub broke the scoreless tie with a base hit to left that scored Garrett. Joe Girardi elected to go to his bullpen and call on Alfredo Aceves. The versatile righty would finish up the inning, and give the Yanks 3 scoreless until he left with tightness in his back with 2 outs in the ninth. His status for Game 3 is unknown.

Aceves setting down the Mets let the Yankees get to work offensively. Jerry Koosman was equally as good (8 innings, 7 Ks, 2 earned runs) as Tom Seaver was in Game 1, but Derek Jeter started a rally in the sixth.

Just like the prior night, the Yankees answered after the Mets took the lead. Jeter led off the sixth with a single, stole second and scored on a two-out RBI single by Alex Rodriguez. Despite the big ’09 postseason, Yogi Berra elected to pitch to Rodriguez with a base open, instead of walking him to get to Jorge Posada.

The Yanks nearly took the lead in the eighth, but Don Hahn made the defensive play of the night by robbing Johnny Damon of a home by jumping up at the right-centerfield wall.

Koosman took the mound in the ninth and the Yankees made quick work of him.

Mark Teixeira singled. With Freddy Guzman running for him, A-Rod lined a single to left that chased him to third. Rodriguez advanced to second on Cleon Jones throw. Koosman would intentionally walk Posada to load the bases with no one out. Despite Tug McGraw and Ray Sadecki warming up in the bullpen, Yogi stayed with Koosman against Hideki Matsui. The World Series MVP lined a single through the drawn-in infield to send the Yankees home 2-1 winners, again, and with a 2-0 series lead.

Phil Coke was the winning pitcher, while Koosman took the tough-luck loss.

Friday is an off-day for the two teams as they move the series to Shea Stadium on Saturday night. The Mets will call on Jon Matlack (14-16, 3.20) to help get them back in the series. The Yankees will counter with Andy Pettitte (14-8, 4.16).

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3 Responses to Yanks Dodge a Bullet, Take Game 2 in 9th

  1. Stu B

    Why would you have off days in a Stratomatic series? It’s not as if the teams have to travel or the players need rest.

  2. Mike Silva

    Stu

    Actually, days off help performance. There is a component in the game that accounts for fatigue, etc. And the day off actually improves performance, especially for the bullpen arms, although that hasn’t been a real issue thus far. There is a number of intangible factors the computer version adds those intangibles.

    Also, I am lining up the games with the actual dates of this year’s World Series, I guess to make it realistic.

  3. Ken Bland

    This game reminds me of the old NBA finals played in the 70s. Presented to the public on a tape delayead basis. AJ goes 5 2/3, walks 6, yields 7 hits, pitch count at 116. Except for the only 1 earned run, this is classic AJ oin August at his 8th month best!

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