Teixeira steals a run for Yanks
That the Yankees drew first blood in ALDS Game 5 was something of a surprise considering how the game started. They went down 1-2-3 in each of the first four innings at which point they were 1-for-31 over a 10-inning stretch back to Game 4.
The Yanks not only broke up Jason Hammel’s bid for a perfect game in the fifth but also scored to take a 1-0 lead. It was almost a gift run. Mark Teixeira led off the inning with a clean single to right.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter then did a strange thing. He had first baseman Mark Reynolds play off the bag and behind Teixeira. Now Tex missed quite a bit of time in the final month of the season with a left calf strain, but he wasn’t on crutches. Allowed the opportunity for a large secondary lead, Tex decided to go for a steal of second base – and he made it, too. OK, not with a lot to spare, mind you, but a steal is a steal.
Raul Ibanez, in the starting lineup as the designated hitter, continued his heroics in this series with a ground single to center to score Teixeira.
The Yankees may have caught a break in the sixth on Nate McLouth’s long foul to right off CC Sabathia. The umpires reviewed the play at Showalter’s request, and their decision stood. Still, the replay seemed to indicate that the ball may have grazed the foul pole on the way down. It was not what I would call conclusive, however, and neither did the umps.