Well, that was an exciting game. And thanks to some late inning heroics by the Yankees, the complexion of this recap changed dramatically. I was all set to hit submit on an “oh woe is us” recap lamenting the stranded runners, the missed opportunities and talking about how the Yankees had an almost sure victory snatched from their hands.
Instead, I get to write about how the Angels had that very thing done to them!
Both of the game’s starters – CJ Wilson and Hiroki Kuroda – started off strong with two scoreless innings apiece and it looked like the game could turn into one of those pitcher’s duels everyone knows and loves.
The Angels got on the board first with a monster home run to the second deck in right field by Erick Aybar in the third inning. The Yankees answered back in the bottom half of the frame. Derek Jeter hit a one-out bloop single to right which was followed by a Curtis Granderson strikeout – his 101st of the season. With one on and two outs, Wilson delivered an 0-1 pitch to Mark Teixeira who hit a laser of a home run to left that looked eerily similar to his game-winning home run against the Twins in the 2009 ALDS.
Kuroda was cruising until the seventh inning when he gave up a single to Albert Pujols. Next, he had Morales at 1-2 before hitting him with a pitch to put two runners on with no outs. In stepped Mark Trumbo, who must have thought he was back in Kansas City at the home run derby because he crushed a 1-1 offering from Kuroda into the seats over the visitor’s bullpen in left field to make it 4-2 Angels. It was Trumbo’s 23rd home run of the season.
The Angels added a run in the top of the eighth after Trout doubled to lead off, stole third and Pujols hit a ground rule double. Kuroda was removed from the game and Chad Qualls induced a pop by Morales and deep fly out by Trumbo to end the inning.
The Angels went to their bullpen in the bottom of the eighth and Jeter started off with a double to right center off reliever Scott Downs.
The Yankees had started off the sixth, seventh and eighth innings with extra base hits. The runners in the sixth and seventh never scored. The Yanks would end that drought in the eighth.
Granderson walked to put two on with no one out against Downs who entering tonight’s game had only allowed one earned run in 30 innings. Teixeira then launched a 1-2 pitch into the left field seats for home run number two on the night, number 17 on the season and the game was tied 5-5. Teixeira finished with five RBI for the game.
After Rodriguez and Cano both made outs, Swisher walked. Dewayne Wise replaced Swisher on first, stole second and Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen intentionally walked Raul Ibanez to put runners on first and second with two outs. Russell Martin who has struggled mightily this season hit a 1-0 line drive, base hit to right which scored Wise, gave the Yankees a lead and capped off a four run, three hit, three walk inning that saw nine Yankees batters face Angels pitching.
Rafael Soriano came in to pitch the ninth got Alberto Callaspo to strike out to start the inning. After Howard “Don’t Call Me Howie” Kendrick worked his at bat to a 3-2 count and singled to right, Soriano then got Aybar to pop out in front of the pitcher’s mound for the second out. Scioscia sent Macier Izturis to pinch hit for John Hester and after Soriano threw a passed ball, Kendrick took off for second, Martin recovered the ball, fired a strike to Jeter and nailed Kendrick for the final out of the game.
Martin pumped his first, said a bad word and bumped chests with Soriano as the Yankees celebrated an exciting 6-5 comeback victory.
- Rafael Soriano picked up his 21st save of the season.
- The Yankees are now 53-33, a season high 20 games over .500.
- They are 10 games over both at home and on the road.
- The Yankees have 28 comeback wins this season which is tops in the majors.
- The Yankees now have a 37 game streak of scoring 3 or more runs which tied for the third longest streak by Yankee team since 1920.
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