On Tuesday, they were not shut down with runners in scoring position. On Tuesday, they were not a collective rendition of Edward Scissorhands on defense. On Tuesday, they were not left lamenting a wasted solid outing by their starting pitcher.
They were all of that Wednesday, but they're still heading home with the next-best thing to a 2-0 lead: a split on the road.
A look at key statistics through Game 2 of the ALDS.
|ERA||2.12||Chien-Ming Wang deserved much better|
|BA||.227 (15-for-66)||Three hits in final seven frames Wednesday|
|BA w/ RISP||.250 (4-for-16)||0-for-8 after Robinson Cano double in second|
|Runs||7||Jorge Posada's homer too little, too late|
|Cano||2-for-8, 2 2B, 4 RBIs||Another clutch early hit|
|Posada||2-for-7, 1 HR, 1 RBI||Also singled and walked Wednesday|
|Alex Rodriguez||0-for-5, 3 BBs, 0 RBIs||Yanks need his power, not walks|
That Cano has four RBIs in his first two postseason games is good. That the rest of the team has a total of three RBIs is not. The Yankees need their stars to shine when the series shifts to the Bronx.
With a runner at first and nobody out in the bottom of the seventh, Steve Finley bounced a sacrifice bunt high off the plate. Wang got rid of the ball in plenty of time to make the play, but his throw pulled Cano off the bag at first. Both runners scored on Orlando Cabrera's two-out single.
With the game tied at 2, Rodriguez led off the top of the seventh with a walk, and with Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui due up, the Bombers looked to be in business. Rodriguez, however, took a chance by trying to steal second and was thrown out. Five pitches later, the inning was over with Matsui in the on-deck circle.
The Yankees have lost four of their past six playoff games against the Angels.
"It was a good idea. I like being aggressive. Just a bad read, I guess."
-- Rodriguez on his ill-fated steal attempt
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.