Round 1, Day 2- Yankees

Three of the four series saw a team down 2-1 come back and win. The 1961 Yankees victory over the 2009 Yankees stands out to me. Not only did the ’61 Yankees get to Mariano, but Roger Maris won Game 4 with a homer in the bottom of the 11th. Sabathia got shelled in Game 5, but the 2009 Yankees almost pulled it out, scoring five runs in the 8th to make it 10-9 and putting the tying run on first to start the 9th.

The ’27 Yankees will now face the ’78 version with the ’61 and ’98 squads facing off. All results can be seen here

#1 seed 1927 Yankees up 2 games to 1 heading into game 4 against the #8 seed 1923 Yankees. Dutch Ruether (27) throws a complete game, 1 run gem while his hitters amass 12 runs for the win. Shortstop Mark Koenig went 2-4 with 3 RBI and Ruth and Gehrig each knocked in 2 runs. For the series, Babe Ruth (27) hit .357 with 1 HR and 7 RBI and Mike Gazella (27) added a .455 average with 4 RBI. Yankees 27 win 3 games to 1 over Yankees 23.

#2 seed 1998 Yankees down 2 games to 1 vs. the #7 seed 1950 Yankees hoped Andy Pettitte would out pitch Whitey Ford to get the series even. Pettitte was ok giving up 4 runs in 6 innings and was bailed out by the offense in the 7-4 win. Darryl Strawberry continued his amazing series with a double and a single and 3 more RBI. Mariano Rivera saved his 2nd game. Game 5 had David Wells going against Vic Raschi. Both pitched very well, but Raschi gave up 2 runs in the 8th in a 1-1 game that was enough to give the ’98 Yankees the 4-1 win and the series. Jorge Posada and Chilli Davis singled home the go ahead runs in the 8th. David Wells evened his record at 1-1 with 8 solid 1 run innings. Rivera recorded his 3rd save.

#3 seed 1961 Yankees, also down 2 games to 1 against #6 seed 2009 Yankees. Game 4 went 11 innings before ’61 Yankees pulled out the 8-7 win. Both teams had 12 hits with Clete Boyer and Roger Maris hitting homers in the win. It was Maris’ 3rd homer of the series. After an off day, game 5 pitted CC Sabathia against Whitey Ford in the game 1 matchup. In a thrilling game, the 1961 Yankees eeked out a 10-9 victory to take the series 3 games to 2. The ’61 crew hit 5 homeruns, 2 off Sabathia, 2 off Phil Hughes and one off of Aceves. Roger Maris finished the series with 4 homeruns and 7 RBI while hitting .368. Tony Kubek hit .435 and scored 5 runs.

#4 seed 1941 Yankees were up 2 games to 1 on the #5 seed 1978 Yankees. Game 4 had Dick Tidrow throwing against Atley Donald. Both men pitched well with Tidrow throwing a gem. Eight innings, 5 hits and a single run was Tidrows line for the night. Thurman Munson hit the game winning 2 run homer in the top of the 8th. Goose Gossage closed the door in the 9th for his first save. Game 5 paired the starters from game 1 that both pitched amazing. Marius Russo vs. Ron Guidry. Both pitched well again, but Guidry pitched a little bit better, winning 3-1 with Gossage again getting the save. The ’41 Yankees only managed two hits in the loss while Munson had 3 of the team 10 hits and hit .381 for the series.