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Yankees walk-off to avoid series sweep

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 08, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez

Nearly stunned again, the Yankees turned a near heart-breaker into a much-needed 4-3 walk-off win against the Red Sox this afternoon. Mariano Rivera had been unable to complete his first regular-season, two-inning save since 2006, but in the bottom of the ninth Ichiro Suzuki singled, stole second, took third on a fly ball to right, and scored the winning run on a wild pitch to the backstop. It was the first time Joe Girardi had ever sent Rivera to start an eighth inning, but after watching the pitching staff waste three straight winable games, Girardi played this one like it was the postseason. Rivera got through a scoreless eighth, but Will Middlebrooks started the ninth with a looked-like-a-routine-fly-ball that carried over the fence in right field, tying the game at 3. It had been tied at 1 in the fifth before three straight bloop singles — each one floated just out of the reach of a defender — and a two-out, two-run double by Robinson Cano put the Yankees in front. With one hard-hit ball, the Yankees had a 3-1 lead. The Red Sox cut that lead in half with a run in the sixth, but Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless seventh before Rivera attempted his two-out save.

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56 Responses to “Yankees walk-off to avoid series sweep”

  1. Boston Jim September 8th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Winza win and we needed one

  2. indy42 September 8th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    We needed this one.

  3. Triple Short of a Cycle September 8th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Clutch, it’s not as if Mo was getting battered. He gave up one hit. I don’t think Girardi had a better option. Desperate times call for desperate moves!

    ——————————

    Why do people keep making excuses for him? He has blown 16 saves against them. Far more then any other team in the East. Were they all because of 1 hit?

  4. Jesus Bustero September 8th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Workman = die hard Yankees fan.

    Can you imagine if TB loses, this collection of characters will be 1.5 out.

  5. UnKnown September 8th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    That was big. What a grind. Get on the Plane. Big Big series coming up in B-More. The games just keep getting more and more important.

  6. axel September 8th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    No wonder Greg Schiano is disliked and not respected by most of the other NFL coaches.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    It didn’t happen, but the killer is that we could have had 3 of the 4. (or could we have swept? I forget at this point.)

    Chicago still leading the O’s 4-1 in the 9th.

  8. UnKnown September 8th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    What we need is for the Mets to score a run here in the 9th. I feel the ChiSox have their game wrapped.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Triple, I’m only responding to Clutch saying Mariano shouldn’t have been used.

  10. UnKnown September 8th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Perez the Potman in for the Tribe. Reed walks the leadoff guy in Baltimore. Ouch.

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    And FWIW, I agree with you that the Sux are in his head.

  12. Jesus Bustero September 8th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    We have to sweep the O’s and Rays – no questions asked. CC, Nova, Kuroda and Pettitte are all throwing well.

  13. Shame Spencer September 8th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Now all we need is some help from the Mariners and the Mets..

  14. Bo knows September 8th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    No wonder Greg Schiano is disliked and not respected by most of the other NFL coaches.
    ————
    Hey Toxic. Still posting, now about football?

  15. Shame Spencer September 8th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    With Stewie potentially injured, we could see a Romine/Murphy tandem for a couple of games.

  16. flying_dog September 8th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Romine sucks.

  17. UnKnown September 8th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Hawk is going to jump right out of the booth if they blow this. Tying run up for the O’s no one out.

    I can’t believe this is really happening. Come on ChiSox, not two days in a row.

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Two tight games now (O’s and Mets.) Cripes.

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    OMG. Robin Ventura deserves better than this. :(

    Nothing says they can’t pull it out. But talk about living on the edge!

  20. Shame Spencer September 8th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Stewie out probably for a couple of days, says Joe.

  21. UnKnown September 8th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Reed come the heck on. You are a really good closer don’t do this.

  22. Shame Spencer September 8th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Mets go up 2-1 in the 9th on the Indians. Hope they can get 3 more outs in the bottom of the inning. That’d be one down.

  23. UnKnown September 8th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    OH MY Flaherty just hit one 6 miles, but foooouuuull

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Mets take the lead!

  25. UnKnown September 8th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Yup E. Young with a huge knock.

  26. tomingeorgia September 8th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Mets doing their best for us, up 2-1 in the 9th, still hitting.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Okay one out, one in. Chicago game

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Runners on the corners for the O’s, 1 out.

    COME ON DP!!!

  29. NYY_Girl_Penny September 8th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    pretend to be yankee fans :) how many rings do your family members have? sack of morons.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    CHISOX WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. UnKnown September 8th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    HA doubled up in Baltimore on a lazy pop up to the 2nd baseman.

    Unreal. Chris Dickerson with the goof up.

    WHEW

  32. igotid88 September 8th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Yes White Sox win

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    9th inning drama across the league!

  34. igotid88 September 8th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    1-0 Seattle

  35. UnKnown September 8th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Rays are already behind.

    Latroy Hawkins trying to close it out for the Mets, wow that is what you call really digging deep. Seat belt fastened.

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Amazing stuff. All happening on the Lord’s day! :)

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Two down in Cleveland!

  38. igotid88 September 8th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    Amazing stuff. All happening on the Lord’s day!
    ——-

    Jack Lord?

  39. igotid88 September 8th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Mets win

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Wow. Great job Metsies and LaTroy!

    :)

  41. tomingeorgia September 8th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    That was a nice throw by the Mets pitcher. CLE goes down.

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    “Jack Lord?”

    :)

    Any Lord you want it to be!

  43. TheStraw September 8th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Mets win!

  44. UnKnown September 8th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Thank You.

    Keep. It. Rolling.

  45. tomingeorgia September 8th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    catcher

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    On a less happy note, those who dropped like flies and are no longer eligible for the Prediction Chart candy – trisha, jacksquat, and poetkiosk.

    Igotid, I saw your post and laughed!

  47. GregD September 8th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Who would have thought we would lose 3 of 4 this weekend and still be only 2 games out of playoffs?

  48. Sigmund September 8th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    The real heartbreaker? The final game of the White Sox series. Yanks won it, yeah, but coughed up a big, easy lead, and Robertson probably got hurt that game and Mo needed a four-out save, and suddenly the relief corps, rather than being rested and perfectly aligned to begin the Sox series, was now all catawampus. And I think if it had been lined up, Yanks might have won three or four over the Sox, and might have swept.

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    It appears to me that Cleveland has the easiest remaining schedule. Oakland is next. O’s and Rays both have pretty tough schedule. Rangers medium tough.

  50. Against All Odds September 8th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    That was easy

  51. UnKnown September 8th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Pruf – fun day for you man. I’m happy for ya. I tried to hold down the fort the best I could. Got the win, but it wasn’t exactly a work of art. Catch up with ya later.

  52. Against All Odds September 8th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Yea it wasn’t pretty but the most important thing is they won.

  53. yankeefeminista September 8th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    UnKnown says:
    September 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm
    Pruf – fun day for you man. I’m happy for ya. I tried to hold down the fort the best I could. Got the win, but it wasn’t exactly a work of art. Catch up with ya later.
    ______
    Good job, Unknown! I was at the football game too, with my earphone in listening to Sterling, and just after Folk’s FG went through, Ichi had the WP walk off. It was hilariously (almost) synchronized! We (Yanks) had to have that win! I’m having some Viet food to celebrate; then heading home to watch all the highlights! :)

  54. RayVT September 8th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    **************************************************************
    Yanks September 8, 2013
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    DIVISION LEADERS
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    0.) Boston Has 12 Tough Games (58 Losses) 87 58 60.000%
    NYY-3; Balt-6; TB-3
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    0) OAK Has 3 Tough Games (60 Losses) 83 60 58.042%
    Texas-3
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    WILDCARD LEADERS
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    1.) Texas Has 13 Tough Games (61 Losses) 80 61 56.738%
    Oak-3; KC-3; TB-4; Pitt-3 1 (Games Out 1st Place)
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    1.) TB Has 14 Tough Games (64 Losses) 77 64 54.610%
    Boston-3; Balt-4; NYY-3; Tex-4 8 (Games Out 1st Place)
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    NEXT IN LINE
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    2.) Balt Has 14 Tough Games (66 Losses) 76 66 53.521%
    TB-4; NYY-4; Boston-6___ 9.5 (Games Out 1st Place) 1.5 (Games Out WC)
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    2.) Cleve Has 6 Tough Games (66 Losses) 76 66 53.521%
    KC-6 1.5 (Games Out WC)
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    4) NYY Has 10 Tough Games (67 Losses) 76 67 53.147%
    Boston-3; Balt-4; TB-3 10 (Games Out 1st Place) 2 (Games Out WC)
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    5) KC Has 12 Tough Games (68 Losses) 75 68 52.448%
    Det-3; Tex-3; Cleve-6; 3 (Games Out WC)
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    As of right now!

  55. Georgia_in_MS September 8th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I would love to know the story behind the photo with this post.

  56. umbrelladoc September 8th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Under the circumstances, keeping the game winnable was good enough for Mo. There were only 4 6 out/1 run saves in 2013, against the Cards, the last place Cubs and Marlins and a Yankee kineup that included Nix, Gonzalez, Adams, Almonte and Stewart.

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