And Didi figured in both wins against the powerhouse Rangers. (I won’t mention the first two games in the series; they were definitely forgettable. I mean that first one with the long rain delay? Just ugly.)
On Wednesday night, the Yankees were down and out, and I was heading for bed when lo and behold they came all the way back to win on Didi’s homer in the ninth.
Today, after a brilliant start by Pineda (so good to see him throw well again, especially against such a contender), Didi tied the game with a homer and Headley came home on a walk-off passed ball (I’ll take it).
I wasn’t expecting a split with the Rangers, but maybe the two back-to-back wins will galvanize this team and propel them to play well the rest of the way. It doesn’t help that Beltran, our best power hitter, has a hammy issue or that McCann, despite his heroics during this series, is hobbled by a bum knee, or that Teixeira is being treated as if he’s made of glass or that A-Rod is hitting like a guy who’s about to be released. That said, the rest of the guys can pick up the slack, and the pitching can still get better. With a trip out west, anything is possible. They should be able to beat the Padres at the very least.