Torre puts all of Yankees’ trust in closer Rivera

first_img “What we got from our pitchers tonight was what we got the last four months of the season,’ Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said. “You know you are in every game when things go like that. Even the biggest game of the year.’ Both Angels runs were driven home by the top of the order, but Yankees pitching kept the heart of the lineup from unloading. Guerrero managed just an infield single that broke up Chacon’s no-hitter in the fourth. Garret Anderson, who hit a huge home run in Game 3 Friday night, went 0 for 3. Of the Angels so-called “Big Three,’ only Molina reached the outfield. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This time, Rivera did what he usually does and retired every batter he faced, including 2004 MVP Vladimir Guerrero on a weak grounder to second base to preserve a 3-2 victory and force a fifth and deciding game tonight at Angels Stadium. “I trust him so much, because I know one thing above everything else,’ said Torre, who added he would not hesitate to use Rivera tonight. “Whether it works or not, you know he’s going out there with the biggest heart in the world. He certainly doesn’t shy away from the pressure.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Pressure was the top to bottom pitching Torre received from Rivera, starter Shawn Chacon and reliever Al Leiter, who faced just one batter, got an inning-ending double play and received credit for the victory. All this while trailing the series 2-1 and overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the sixth inning. Pressure was Chacon, who spent most of his career pitching meaningless games in Coors Field before he was acquired from the Colorado Rockies at the end of July. Chacon was making his first postseason appearance and hadn’t started a game since July 28. To seemingly make matters worse, he had to wait a day when Game 4 was rained out Saturday afternoon. “I spoke to my mom on the phone and she said, `These things happen for a reason,’ ‘ Chacon said. “Guess she was right.’ Chacon went 6 1/3 brilliant innings, retired the first 10 batters and kept the Yankees close against an equally impressive John Lackey. Chacon allowed back-to-back RBI doubles by Chone Figgins and Orlando Cabrera in the sixth and was chased by a Bengie Molina in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to put the Yankees away. center_img NEW YORK – Joe Torre didn’t have the luxury of tomorrow. He was six outs from sending the American League Division Series back to Anaheim or going home. It didn’t matter that using Mariano Rivera for the final two innings in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series cost the New York Yankees a title. To 56,226 screaming fans at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night, Torre simply was putting the game in God’s hands. last_img