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Yankees Short Hops: Game 5

Yankees Short Hops: Game 5

Fielding the Yankees' 7-6 loss to the Angels in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
After rallying for six runs in the seventh, the Yankees gave up three in the bottom of the inning to lose the lead.

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Frozen moment
With two outs and the Yankees clinging to a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh, manager Joe Girardi turned to Phil Hughes out of his bullpen. Hughes promptly walked Torii Hunter and allowed RBI singles to Vladimir Guerrero and Kendry Morales to turn a one-run lead into a one-run deficit.

Big number
1: Mark Teixeira had one RBI in 37 postseason at-bats before his three-run double off Darren Oliver with two outs in the seventh. The two-bagger opened the floodgates for a six-run rally for New York.

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Mark Teixeira

Teixeira had just two hits and had not driven in a run through the first four games of the series. He changed that in Game 5 with a fourth-inning single and that three-run seventh-inning double. A Yankees lineup that has been hard enough to slow down without Teixeira in rhythm at the plate would become all the more dangerous if he finds his swing.

A.J. Burnett

Burnett was fine so long as he was behind in Game 5. The first five Angels reached against him during Los Angeles' four-run first inning. Burnett cruised through the next five innings only to run into trouble once the Yankees' offense handed him a 6-4 lead, allowing the first two men to reach base in the seventh. Those two inherited runners came around to tie the game against New York's bullpen.

Melky Cabrera

Cabrera continued to be a catalyst at the bottom of the Yankees' order. The center fielder had two more hits to give him eight in the series, and his one-out double started the six-run seventh inning.

Sense of October
Trailing, 4-0, in the top of the fifth, Girardi decided to pinch-hit Jorge Posada for Jose Molina. Posada struck out in that spot but worked an important walk in New York's six-run seventh.

Lines of the Game


RODRIGUEZ
Hitting
Alex Rodriguez
3 AB, 2B, 1 R, 2 BB
Comment: That line constitutes an off night these days for Rodriguez, who still found himself in the middle of the Yankees' seventh-inning rally when he was intentionally walked. The Angels didn't give Rodriguez a chance to replicate his Game 2 heroics, with Brian Fuentes intentionally walking him with two outs and nobody on in the ninth.

BURNETT
Pitching
A.J. Burnett
6-plus IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K's
Comment: Burnett had a nightmarish first inning, allowing four runs before he recorded an out. The right-hander rebounded until the seventh, when he gave up a single to Jeff Mathis and walked Erick Aybar -- both of whom came around to score.

Spoken
"Any time you have a chance to close out a series and you don't win, no matter what the score is, it's a missed opportunity. But we get a chance to go to our ballpark, where we've played extremely well." -- Girardi

Next step
The Yankees will try to close out the Angels again, this time at home, on Saturday night at 7:57 p.m. ET.

Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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