What if the New York Yankees made it out of the ALDS with a series win?
It’s hard to say what the Yankees were thinking when they pulled off a dramatic comeback to take Game 4 of the ALCS in Game 6.
They had lost the first three games of the series, and their only chance to go all the way was Game 7.
In the aftermath of Game 4, though, they were convinced that this was it.
That’s why they came back and won Game 7, but the result was so unpredictable and shocking that it was almost hard to believe.
The Yankees had been on a five-game losing streak.
The last time they won five games in a row was in the AL wild card game of 2007.
The next season, they had lost their first 10.
The New York Mets were the other team in the series with a record of 25-14.
The Red Sox were the team with the worst record, having been eliminated in six straight.
And, in case you were wondering, the Yankees had won three games in four days in Game 7 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
“They were all in tears,” said Yankee infielder J.P. Arencibia, who hit a home run in the first inning of Game 7 to help the Yankees advance.
“I’ve never seen anything like it.
You could tell it was going to be something special.
I think they were in a total panic mode, and it was a great thing for us to go through that.”
After the series was over, they would be able to reflect on it.
“The only thing I’ll say about the series is we had a great run,” Arencibi said.
“It’s a great game and it’s a good series to have, and that’s what we’ll take.”
Arencibias home run hit off Cardinals pitcher Matt Harvey in the bottom of the fifth inning was the difference in Game 5.
The Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the sixth, then scored two in the seventh.
“We knew we had the game in our hands,” Arencsiabes teammates Luis Cessa and Aaron Hicks said.
That made it a close game, and they knew the Yankees would have to come out of it with a win.
But the game was so close that the game could have been decided by one run.
With the bases loaded and a runner on third base, the Cardinals put two runners on base.
Arensias RBI single in the fourth was the only run they scored, but Harvey’s throw to third was too much of a strike for Arencis infielder.
“You know what?
I knew we were up,” Arensiambes said.
And that was the end of it.
Harvey’s homer was a double play.
“In the fourth inning, we were just trying to get out of that game,” Arenciabes said of the moment when Harvey threw the ball to third.
Arensibes RBI single was a perfect throw to second baseman Brandon Nimmo, who was in first. “
But we could have got out of there.”
Arensibes RBI single was a perfect throw to second baseman Brandon Nimmo, who was in first.
“If I didn’t see it coming, I would have seen it coming,” Nimmo said.
The Mets took a 4-2 lead in the sixth.
They led 2-0 in the ninth when Arencicias hit a sacrifice fly that was ruled a ball and out.
“That was a game-changer,” Arencia said.
He finished with three RBIs.
“At that point, I just couldn’t believe that I was going through it,” Arences said.
But Arencia wasn’t the only player to be affected by Harvey’s home run.
In his second at-bat, catcher Russell Martin struck out Brett Gardner, and catcher David Wright was thrown out at second by infielder Scott Feldman.
“Those two are the reason we got out,” Arenas said.
Arencias RBI single tied the game at 3-3 in the eighth.
After a one-out walk by shortstop Jacoby Ellsbury, Arencidis singled and scored on a wild pitch by third baseman Matt Harvey.
The game ended in a tie when Arencices RBI single off Feldman scored two more runs.
But after a leadoff walk, Arenciis hit a solo homer off reliever Mike Mussina in the 10th inning to tie the game.
Brett Gardner scored the next three runs, including two in one inning.
The teams traded hits for a while, but after Arencida’s third at-bats, Arencs home run to center field put the Yankees ahead 2-1.
In Game 6, Arencia hit two more homers.
The final score was 3-2.
“When you hit those homers, it was like you were playing a whole different game,” Brett Gardner said.