This game was so many different things: frustrating, annoying, nerve racking, exhilarating, deflating, frustrating again and finally, the best thing ever.
Let’s start with the frustrating aspects:
- The Yankees scored four runs on 16 hits.
- They were 4-11 with runners in scoring position
- They left 14 men on base.
Those same things were annoying but so was their ineptitude against the Red Sox bullpen.
The whole game itself was nerve racking but became even more so when the Orioles score became a final and they had beaten the Rays. At that point in the game, the Yankees were losing and were mere outs away from ending the game in a tie, once again, with Baltimore for first place in the AL East.
Then it became exhilarating.
After James Loney hit a solo shot to put the Red Sox up 3-1 in the top of the ninth, the Yankees came up, the Baltimore score was final and they were staring at the last three outs.
Then this happened:
He belted a 1-2 pitch into the right field seats and he became the tying run.
After a couple more frustrating innings – the Yankees were set down 1-2-3 in the 10th and Swisher hit a single in the 11th, the only hit they had in those two innings.
After two quick outs in the bottom of the 12th, everyone’s favorite third string catcher, Francisco Cervelli came into the game and worked a walk. Granderson followed that up with a walk of his own.
So with two on and two out, it was Ibanez’s turn to try and play hero again. And he did.
BEST. THING. EVER.
Now, the Yankees control their own destiny. They were so close to ending tonight in a tie with Baltimore and now all they need to do is win tomorrow in order to capture the AL East.
- Ibanez’s last ten games: .412 avg, 4 home runs, 9 RBI and a .853 slugging pct.
- Derek Lowe was the winning pitcher and it was his 175th career win.
- Tonight’s win was the Yankees fifth walk-off of the season and third since September 21st.
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