It took 14 innings and though the Yankees grabbed another from the Nats in the second of their three-game series, the 27-time World Champs saw plenty on Saturday to make them believe they could see the Nationals again this year. The strongest evidence for that suspicion? The Nats bullpen.
"To be honest I was having trouble remembering when we got our other three runs it was so long ago," Yankees manager Joe Girardi quipped after the game.
The Nationals bullpen held the Yankees scoreless and hitless for seven straight innings until finally cracking in the 14th when Jayson Nix and Derek Jeter opened the frame with singles off Brad Lidge. A batter later, Mark Teixeira broke the scoring drought to put the Yankees on top.
"They're a very good team," said Yankees third baseman Eric Chavez. "They got a lot of young guys and their pitching is solid so they're gonna be good for a long time."
Freddy Garcia, however, took it a bit further.
"They got everything: starting, reliever, bullpen. They got a pretty good chance to win the division."
High praise for a franchise that, in its current existence, has failed to put together a winning season, let alone a single playoff appearance.