Yankees Short Hops: Game 2
Pettitte, Cabrera shine, but bullpen, A-Rod stumble
CLEVELAND -- Fielding the Yankees' 2-1 Game 2 loss to the Indians on a short hop.In < 25 words ...
The Indians outlasted the Yankees in a classic confrontation that ended in 11 innings. Frozen moment
Yankees starter Andy Pettitte pumped his first and let out a yell after delivering an inning-ending strikeout to Indians catcher Victor Martinez in the sixth. With New York ahead by one run, Grady Sizemore opened the frame with a triple off Pettitte, who escaped yet another October jam by setting the next three batters down in order. Big number
3 -- Through the first two games of this series, three of New York's four runs have come via solo home runs. Game balls
Five game balls. Pettitte turned in gritty performance against the Indians, spinning 6 1/3 shutout innings. The Yankees left-hander put the leadoff hitter on base in five of the seven innings he pitched, but he emerged unscathed in each situation. Dating back to 2002, Pettitte has no losses among the five Game 2 postseason starts he's made for the Yankees.
Four game balls. In a matter of minutes, Cabrera provided two game-changing plays for the Yankees. In the bottom of the second, the Yankees' center fielder threw out Indians shortstop Jhonny Peralta at the plate to end the inning. Then, Cabrera launched a solo home run off Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona in the third.
Zero game balls. Over the first two games of the ALDS against Cleveland, A-Rod has gone 0-for-6 at the plate with three strikeouts -- each coming on Friday. Since Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS, Rodriguez has hit .096 (5-for-52) with no home runs and two RBIs.
Sense of October
As if Jacobs Field was dizzying enough with 44,000-plus waving white towels, Yankees setup man Joba Chamberlain was forced to work with a swarm of gnats circling around and landing on his face in the eighth inning. With the baseball gods working against him, Chamberlain fired two wild pitches -- one that led to a costly run for the Indians.
4 AB, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R
Comment: Cabrera was the only Yankees hitter to solve Carmona, who was dominant over nine innings in his postseason debut.
1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 2 K, BS
Comment: Chamberlain battled the elements and lost, surrending a costly run despite allowing no hits.
"We felt this one got away from us. For our offense, three hits in 11 innings is not acceptable for us. We've got to come out swinging in the next game." --Rodriguez
After an off-day on Saturday, New York will turn to 45-year-old right-hander Roger Clemens for a critical Game 3 start against Cleveland. The Yankees need a win on Sunday to avoid losing in the first round for the third straight season.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.