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Torre's Dodgers Miss The Fat Lady, Blow Lead and Game To Yankees

The Yankees did not quit against their old manager and eventually came away with the win.

It’s the old saying, ‘It ain’t over til the fat lady sings.’ 

Well, the Los Angeles Dodgers were caught waiting for her last night in the series finale against the New York Yankees. With a 6-2 lead heading into the ninth inning, Joe Torre brought in his closer Jonathan Broxton, despite it not being a save situation.

Broxton had pitched the night before but Torre, knowing how tough the Yankees are, went to the big righty to shut the door and go home with a series victory. Like the Yankees, when the Dodgers bring in their closer, the fat lady usually starts to sing.

Not on this night. Not for the Dodgers anyway.

The last time the Yankees came back from a four run deficit this late in a game, Torre was in pinstripes. That day, a few Yankees reserves (Melky Cabrera, Andy Phillips, Miguel Cairo, and Kelly Stinnett) played roles in the comeback victory over the New York Mets.

Last night, a few reserves also had big parts in the comeback. It started with one out when Alex Rodriguez singled followed by a Robinson Cano double cut the Dodgers lead to 6-3. Jorge Posda then grinded out an at bat before getting a hit. Next batter, Curtis Granderson worked a walk to load the bases with one out. This brought up the youngsters.

Recently called up outfielder, Chad Huffman, ripped a two run single to move the Yankees within one run of tying the game. Huffman had entered the game in the fourth inning due to an injury to Brett Gardner.

So, with the lead now down to one, the Dodgers still could not find the fat lady. The Yankees now had runners on the corners with one out. A double play would end the game.

In a gutty at bat, pinch hitter Colin Curtis hit a ground ball to Dodgers first baseman James Loney who appeared to have a couple options. He could have thrown home to cut down Granderson who was on his way to the plate. He could have thrown to second to start a 3-6-3 double play that would have ended the game. Instead, Loney decided to step on first base for the first out, then throw home to try and get Granderson.

No chance! Combine Granderson’s speed and Loney’s throw that sailed toward the first base side of home plate and the Yankees had scored the tying run.

Broxton would finish the inning without giving up another run, but you got the feeling the Yankees would not loss this game. Torre, Broxton, and the Dodgers must be awfully mad at The Fat Lady.

Said Joe Girardi: “We kind of stole the momentum there.”

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera entered the tie game in the bottom half on the ninth and shut down the Dodgers. In the top of the tenth, Robinson Cano provided the dramatics.

The second baseman had been 0-for-11 against Dodgers reliever George Sherrill. until this at bat. Cano drove a pitch over the left centerfield wall for a two run home run that essentially won the game for the Yankees.

Rivera came out for his second inning of work and got out of it without much of a threat. The Yankees finished the west coast trip 4-2 and now return home to face the Toronto Blue Jays.

The first place Yankees went 11-7 in interleague play this season.

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