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Seventh Heaven

The Orioles won their 16th straight game in extra innings this afternoon in Boston.

The Yanks and A’s went to extra innings again. Cut to the end of the game when Raul Ibanez was gunned down at the plate trying to score on a ground ball to second base with one out in the 12th. Derek Jeter popped out to right to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded. The Yanks had gotten through three innings of Freddy Garcia killing ‘em softly (Steve Pearce made a beautiful diving catch to rescue Garcia out of one jam) but gilded the lily bringing him back for a fourth. Jonny Gomes hit a two run jack, Yoenis Cespedes hit a bomb and even after Freddy left Chris Carter crushed one too.

The Yanks had used 16 position player and eight pitchers as they went to the bottom of the 13th. Ichiro singled against Pedro Figueroa and Alex Rodriguez followed suit with a base hit of his own. Robbie Cano got ahead in the count, 3-0, took a strike and another (the second one right down Broadway), then lined a single to left to load the bases.

Pat Neshek, a side-arming righty came in for Figueroa to face Eduardo Nunez. The first ball sailed wide, about a three feet outside as rain started to fall. Nunez waved at it but it got away from the catcher and Ichiro scored. He took a ball inside and then a strike and hit one to deep center. Cespedes made the catch and threw a bullet to third keeping Cano at second while Rodriguez scored.

Ibanez got ahead 2-0, then 3-1. Ibanez walloped the next pitch into the second deck in right field and the game was tied again.

Goodness.

Russell Martin grounded out and then Curtis Granderson launched the 0-1 pitch foul. It had the distance but he got out too far ahead of it. He fouled off three more pitches on a the way to a full count before grounding out. But the game was tied.

Now, the question was: who would pitch the 14th?

The man I suspected we wouldn’t see again this year. Cory Wade. Would you believe he got two weak ground outs and a fly ball to the warning track in center to work a scoreless inning?

A giant gasoline-throwing kid named Tyson Ross, wearing number 66, came on in relief for the A’s. The ninth pitcher of the day for Oakland. Eric Chavez fouled off a number of pitches, worked the count even and singled through the right side. Melky Mesa, making his major league debut, replaced Chavez at first. Hey, no pressure, kid.

Jeter bunted the first pitch in the air but it dropped in front of Ross and the sacrifice worked. The A’s had no intention of pitching to Ichiro–who had another three hits today–which put runners on first and second for Rodriguez.

First pitch, a change up or a slider, taken for strike one. Next pitch, he lines into center. And that’s the game.! Right? Wrong. Because Mesa missed the bag at third. He put on the brakes and went back. Bases loaded.

You.

Have.

Got. To. Be.

Shitting.

Me.

Course Cano took some weak hacks, before he grounded a ball to Ross who got the force at home.

A loud Yankee Stadium was suddenly quiet.

Nunez hit a ball off the end of his bat to first. Brandon Moss reached for it and it kicked off his glove. Ichiro scored and the Yanks had their most improbable win of the year.

Excuse my French but: Fuck Yes. Grueling? Sure. But this one ended in pure elation.

Final Score: Yanks 10, A’s 9.

Boys: “Happy” The Rolling Stones

[Photo Credit: Kateopolis]

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14 comments

1 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2012 6:46 pm

Great win and all..caught the last three batters on MLB.tv...but...

The Yanks had used 16 position player and eight pitchers as they went to the bottom of the 13th.

If the regular 25 man roster had 16 position players, I'd be happy, but I really hate September call-ups.

2 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 22, 2012 6:49 pm

A Win is a Win is a Win.
So I can't complain.
But while I want to see PS play as badly as anyone, and while we have won 7 in a row....

the situational hitting by this team is horrendous.
And the hitting in general hasn't been that good.

I hope these guys adjust thier approach in the PS.

3 RIYank   ~  Sep 22, 2012 7:21 pm

Baseball is hard.
To beat the A's, you have to be lucky. And they were.

The A's have about the best fielding team in baseball. But you sure couldn't tell today.

4 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 22, 2012 7:21 pm

My gosh, what an energizing win. I was following the game my phone, and it was hard to put it down or to look away. Reminded me a lot of that extra inning marathon game against the Red Sox in 2009 that Yankees somehow managed to win.

I would really like to see this team get far in the postseason. I've done most of my cheering from afar, having been so busy this past year, but I have really come to like these guys. It looks like everything is coming together at the perfect time, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

5 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 22, 2012 7:29 pm

Wow, damn day games..seems I missed one of the games of the year. Cue up MLBTV!

6 rbj   ~  Sep 22, 2012 7:42 pm

[5] It's also one of, if not the, most frustrating games of the year.

7 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 22, 2012 7:55 pm

That was just Knuts.

8 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 22, 2012 8:06 pm

Wait.

What?

WE WON??

WHAT THE FUCK???

Wow.

I turned the game off after the home run barrage. I sure as HELL didn't see a win coming.

Wow.

9 knuckles   ~  Sep 22, 2012 8:31 pm

That diptych of Mesa is priceless.

Take the win and don't look back. It might jump out of the W column.

10 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 22, 2012 8:53 pm

Gobsmacked I still am. Sure glad the weather was kind of shitty round my parts today. Usually I see lots of neighbors walking down the sidewalk. They missed hearing my colorful language during all the good and bad today. What a ridiculous 5+ hours of baseball. Nova needs to not fucking suck soon.

11 RIYank   ~  Sep 22, 2012 9:09 pm

I had to drive some place and heard, I think it was the twelfth inning onward, from Sterling. Honestly, if I hadn't been captive in the car, I probably would have turned it off after the top of the 13th.

[10] Ivan was good last outing -- against Tampa. Six innings, two runs. Got the W.

12 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 22, 2012 9:16 pm

[11] The Yankees needed some length today and Nova went 2.1 innings. Not good. Of course he did wall last start. We'll see how his next outing goes vs. the Jays.

13 RIYank   ~  Sep 22, 2012 9:23 pm

Oh, he was terrible today. No control. I actually think Girardi should get a little credit for yanking him.

14 Boatzilla   ~  Sep 22, 2012 11:00 pm

[5] Dude I stayed up until 4:30 when it was tied after 6 or 7, I forget. Glad I had the sense to go to bed. Maybe I should stayed up and slept through this rain.

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