It was the first postseason game I'd ever been to (at any level of professional baseball). Despite the fact that there were barely 100 people there, it was a fun atmosphere.
Prior to the game the team gave away these cool mini towels.
I just went to this game to give the last of my Japanese name cards to the players I'd gotten to know these past few months. And after I returned home it dawned on me that I didn't say any sort of goodbye. Hopefully the SI Yankees will return for one more game in round two so I can thank them all for the wonderful memories they've given me this year.
This game was pretty maddening but ultimately satisfying. The Yankees' first rounder James Kaprielian started the game and Big Game James ended up throwing his longest outing to date as a pro with six innings of one run ball, using only 68 pitches (almost nice ;)). Unfortunately both teams only scored 2 runs apiece so we headed to extra innings.
|Thairo went 3-4 with one intentional walk!|
Now when I said that this game was maddening, it was due to the fact that the SI Yankees had quite a few chances to take the lead. During the game they loaded the bases with no outs twice and failed to bring a run home both times. The second time was during extra innings and everybody in the stands (and the bullpen) were on their feet hoping to go home. Unfortunately a controversial strike call meant the game had to go on for a bit longer.
In the 11th inning, the red hot Junior Valera sent everybody home with a smile as he hit a clutch single that allowed pinch runner Danienger Perez to score and win the ballgame. WOOO!!!
Here's the video.
|Remember these padawans Rex, you'll be looking for some of them this winter...|
Now the Yankees head to Troy with a 1-0 advantage in the series. This season man, it's been absolutely wonderful. I sincerely hope that this wasn't the last of SI Yankee baseball in SI this year.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).