Following last night’s game,
Anaheim rookie Ryan Budde told the media “It feels great, a dream come true. Wow!” Sure his vocabulary more closely resembled a 14-year-old cheerleader than a grown man, but the Angels newcomer earned his moment in the sun. With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Budde hit a walk-off RBI double—the first RBI of his career—to give
Anaheim a much-needed 7-6 victory over the New York Yankees.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 40th home run of the season for the Pinstripers and Jorge Posada hit a dramatic game-tying two-run shot in the top of the eighth to send the contest into extra innings, but Yankee reliever Sean Henn surrendered back-to-back doubles to Howie Kendrick and Budde to seal
New York’s fate. It was a back-and-forth battle, one of the most exciting games involving the Bronx Bombers this season, but the Yankees ultimately came up short. “It’s tough to take, but both teams can’t win,” Joe Torre said.
The loss dropped
New York five games behind AL East-leading
Boston and one-and-one-half game behind
Seattle in the Wild Card race after both teams won last night. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Mike Mussina starts tonight, and recently “Moose” has been abused like an expendable dog at Michael Vick’s house.