October 20, 2010 — Before the Yankees took a 3-0 second-inning lead, Alex Rodriguez and Lance Berkman each earned four-pitch walks against †C.J. Wilson. The Texas starter also fell behind in the count on Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner.
Posada and Granderson each collected RBI singles, helping the Yankees take an early lead.
If Wilson continues to fall behind Yankees hitters, his already long day will get even longer. The long counts are a great sign for the Yankees. They are usually very patient during their biggest rallies. When they came from behind in Game 1, it was more about making the Texas pitchers throw strikes — because Yankees hitters refused to swing at any pitches that were out of the strike zone — than it was about getting run-producing hits.
I’m also encouraged by the early part of the game because the importance of jumping ahead early can not be understated in the wake of three tough loses. They Yankees longed to have the upper-hand last night today, and †they have it now.
Today is a new day, and the Yankees appear to be locked in and very focused.
–Alfred Santasiere III