10/18/09 1:58 AM ET
Yankees Short Hops: Game 2
A-Rod comes up clutch, while Jeter makes playoff history
By Tim Britton / MLB.com
In < 25 words ...
Alex Rodriguez belted a game-tying homer in the 11th, setting the stage for Jerry Hairston Jr. to score the winning run two frames later.
The Angels had seized their first lead of the series heading to the bottom of the 11th, when Rodriguez drilled Brian Fuentes' 0-2 pitch just into the first row of seats in right field to tie the game.
19: Derek Jeter's third-inning home run to right field was the shortstop's 19th in the playoffs. That's one more than both Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson, and Jeter now trails only Manny Ramirez (29) and former teammate Bernie Williams (22) on the all-time list of postseason homers.
Perhaps the only surprising thing about Rivera's 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief was that he -- gasp! -- allowed a leadoff single to Vladimir Guerrero in the 10th. Rivera worked around that easily and recorded his seven outs economically, requiring just 24 pitches.
Rodriguez's amazing postseason continues. The third baseman hit his third game-tying home run in the seventh inning or later in five playoff games.
The Yankees' king of walk-offs delivered again -- sort of. With two on in the 13th, Cabrera's grounder to the right side was thrown away by Maicer Izturis, allowing Hairston to score the winning run.
Sense of October
You know it's October when manager Joe Girardi is bringing in Rivera in the eighth inning. And why not? Rivera entered the game with two on and two out and got Erick Aybar to ground out to second on his first pitch.
Lines of the Game
5 AB, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB
Comment: Teixeira continues his mini-slump in the postseason, with just three hits in 22 at-bats. His 0-for-5 included grounding into a fielder's choice with two on and two out in the 10th.
6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's, 2 HBP
Comment: Burnett's second postseason start looked a lot like his first, with the right-hander battling through some control issues to limit the Angels to two runs. Burnett has allowed only six hits in 12 1/3 playoff innings.
"I know you guys are probably looking for something profound. I mean, I'm just in a good place. I'm seeing the ball and I'm hitting it. That's about it." -- Rodriguez
The Yankees will look to seize full control of the series behind Andy Pettitte in Game 3 on Monday afternoon at 4:13 p.m. ET in Los Angeles.
Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.