9. The comeback that wasn’t: 2004 ALCS: Yankees 10, Red Sox 7.
For most of the day, this didn’t look like any kind of game. First, the Yankees scored two in the opening frame. Then they added four runs in the third, and then another pair the sixth. Heading into the top of the seventh, this was the ultimate snooze.
In the top of the seventh, however, Boston erupted, scoring five runs, all crossing the plate with two outs. The next inning, David Ortiz knocked in two runs with a two-out triple. Boston trailed, 8-7, with the tying run just 90 feet from home plate.
And that’s where the comeback stalled. The Yankees brought in super-closer Mariano Rivera, who coaxed a pop-up from Kevin Millar to end the eighth. Moments later, Bernie Williams doubled in a pair of suddenly needed insurance runs, and the Yankees scored a 10-7 win. But for a few moments there, it looked like an all-time great comeback.
8. The comeback that was: 2010 ALCS: Yankees 6, Rangers 5.
In 2004, the Yankees avoided blowing the biggest lead in any LCS Game One ever. Six years later, they achieved the greatest comeback in one.
Texas bolted out to an early lead and built it to a 5-0 advantage. Then came the top of the seventh when a Robinson Cano homer made it 5-1. No matter, that was all New York scored that frame, and Texas still led comfortably. Things changed rather dramatically in the eighth as the first seven Yankees reached base on one walk, four singles, and a double. By the time Texas finally got an out, the Yankees had a 6-5 lead, and that was how it ended.
Posted: October 15, 2012 at 08:20 AM | 13 comment(s)
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