Yankees defeat Angels
4 games to 2
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 16||NYY 4||LAA 1|
|2||Oct. 17||NYY 4||LAA 3|
|3||Oct. 19||LAA 5||NYY 4|
|4||Oct. 20||NYY 10||LAA 1|
|5||Oct. 22||LAA 7||NYY 6|
|6||Oct. 25||NYY 5||LAA 2|
Managers: Girardi, Joe, NYY; Scioscia, Mike, ANA
MVP: Sabathia, CC
Path to the ALCS
ALDS: New York over Minnesota (3 games to 0); Los Angeles over Tampa Bay (3 games to 0)
The Yankees won the first two games of this series at home. The first one was a 4-1 victory behind ALCS MVP CC Sabathia's eight innings of one-run ball. The second was a 4-3 thriller on a frigid and inclement night, courtesy of Alex Rodriguez's game-tying homer in the 11th followed in the 13th on a throwing error by second baseman Maicer Izturis that allowed Jerry Hairston Jr. to score the winning run.
In Game 3 at Angel Stadium, with the score tied at 4 in the 11th, Girardi made a widely second-guessed decision to replace reliever David Robertson with Alfredo Aceves. With two out and the bases empty, Aceves -- who had yielded a go-ahead homer in the 11th inning of Game 2 -- allowed a single to Howie Kendrick. Then Jeff Mathis hit a walk-off double, and it was a 2-1 Yankees lead in the series.
Game 4 was another Sabathia masterpiece and a 10-1 Yankees romp, and the Angels forced the series back to Yankee Stadium by holding on with a 7-6 win in Game 5 after blowing a 4-0 lead. Angels closer Brian Fuentes escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, retiring Nick Swisher on a popup.
After a travel day and a rainout, the series resumed. Andy Pettitte further cemented his reputation as the ultimate clinch-game starter, Mariano Rivera converted a two-inning save and the Yankees earned their 40th AL pennant.
Alex Rodriguez, putting together a huge postseason and reaching his first World Series, hit three home runs in the ALCS -- half of his 2009 postseason total.