New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez showed up with the big stick, and he used it to hit a home run that gave New York the win in the opening game of the three game series against the Dodgers. (Photo by Jeff Lewis)
By Tamara Latta
Sentinel Sports Writer
The Dodgers opened a three-game interleague series against the Yankees on Friday night. Â The series turned out to be an East Coast -West Coast showdown, and the Yankees took the crown back to New York after winning the series 2-1. Â This was Dodgers Manager Joe Torre first meet and greet with the Yankees since parting ways with the ball club in 2007.
Friday night in the opener of a three game series both teams were holding their grounds. The intensity level was turned all the way up at Dodger Stadium, and it felt like a playoff series game. There were absolutely no hits after the sixth inning from either team. Â Alex Rodriguez hit a home run in the sixth inning to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead over the boys in blue and the Yanks walked away with the victory.
On Saturday night the Dodgers were able to give the Yankees a taste of Cali love with a 9-4 smooth win. Â It looked like the Dodgers were ready for the renewed rivalry leaving the Yankee fans and players speechless, as they stormed out of the Stadium looking for answers. Well the answer was” if you don’t succeed the first time brush yourself off and try again”.
Someone must have delivered that memo to the Yankees because they came back Sunday evening grinding, fighting and boxing. The Dodgers refused to get in the boxing ring and put their boxing gloves on. The Yankees made the Dodgers look like they were in Hollywood getting prepared for a movie shoot. Going into the ninth inning the Dodgers were up 6-2 over the Yankees. All of a sudden the scoreboard read 6-6 and it was a tied ball game; and then the drama unleashed.
It became an emotional rollercoaster for the Dodgers and the Yankees took advantage of their frustration. The Dodgers were so frustrated, they forgot the umpires were working and had total control of the game. Dodgers’ outfielder Garret Anderson and catcher Russell Martin gave the plate umpire an ear full for calling strikes that they thought were balls and the umpire respectively ejected both players in the ninth and 10th innings.
“I’m not talking about it,” Anderson said after the game.
The momentum just wasn’t the same for the Dodgers. The Yankees scored another two runs to go up 8-6, and that was the ball game. All we could witness was the Yankees staff huddling on the field to congratulate one another for the W. After the game the Dodgers Manager talked about how dangerous the Yankees are.
“They’re dangerous and they keep coming at you,” Torre said. “There’s no soft spot in that lineup, so you don’t count your chickens until you can get them all in the barn. Unfortunately, we came up a little short.”