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Yankees rally for much-needed win in Toronto

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 18, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Vernon Wells

Seven innings passed, and the Yankees stood on the verge of another letdown that might have been the final straw. But this time, the offense fought back. A four-run eighth inning was capped by Vernon Wells’ game-winning, two-run double, sending the Yankees to a just-barely 4-3 win against the Blue Jays. Down 3-0 with two innings to play, the rally started with Brendan Ryan’s ground-rule double, only the Yankees fourth hit of the night, but enough to chase Jays starter J.A. Happ. Curtis Granderson followed with a single, Alex Rodriguez struck out, Robinson Cano singled in a run, Alfonso Soriano doubled in a run, and Wells delivered the go-ahead blow to left. Four runs were more than the Yankees had scored in their previous 36 innings combined. Mariano Rivera pitched out of trouble in the ninth and closed out the win with a four-out save. The fifth-starter tandem of Phil Hughes and David Huff proved generally effective once again. Those two combined for three runs through seven innings. All of the runs came on home runs.

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32 Responses to “Yankees rally for much-needed win in Toronto”

  1. UnKnown September 18th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    AND EXHALE! That’s ONE!! YES!!!!!!!

  2. yankeefeminista September 18th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Still alive! Now time to watch the scoreboard.

  3. Ys Guy September 18th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    nothing comes easy for this bunch, but i’ll take it.

  4. yankeefeminista September 18th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Rays-Tex going into extras.

  5. BrianWilsonsBeard September 18th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Side note: Have the Jays scored all their runs this series on hrs?

  6. UpState September 18th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Brendan Ryan.
    Vernon Wells.
    Lyle Overbay
    Mr. Rivera.

    We fight another day !

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Brendan Ryan has been such a find! Mystique and aura has helped him find his stroke.

    :)

  8. Mordot11 September 18th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Not. Dead. Yet.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    BWB, I responded to your post on the previous thread.

    :)

  10. RhapsodyInBlue September 18th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Good comeback, Mo being Mo.

    Still alive!

  11. MTU September 18th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Brendan Ryan hit .290 with the Cardinals.

    Long reviewed tape of his stance at that time and is trying to help him get back to it.

    Have a good evening.

    See ya’ tomorrow.

    ;)

  12. jacksquat September 18th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Go Rangers.
    Go Red Sox (gag).
    Go KC.

  13. BrianWilsonsBeard September 18th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    trisha – That is actually pretty interesting. Who knows exactly how much of a toll the Sawx series took on them: hitting on all cylinders, but losing anyway because the pitching abandoned them. Now that the pitching seems to be back for now, it’s very possible that got into their heads, they started pressing, leading to terrible at bats, and it all snowballed on them. Maybe all it took was a fresh pitcher who happened to throw some very hittable pitches as well. Interesting take, and definitely something to keep in mind.

  14. Mordot11 September 18th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Are we supposed to be rooting for the Rangers here since the Yankees have 3 games against the Rays?

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    BWB – thank you! I love to be able to have this kind of discussion with someone open-minded and expansive enough to massage it and at least entertain it as a possibility. There are so many possibilities in situations such as tonight’s. Hard to know which to plug in at what time, but it’s good to remain open to the different possibilities.

    :)

  16. jacksquat September 18th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Mordot11 September 18th, 2013 at 10:17 pm
    Are we supposed to be rooting for the Rangers here since the Yankees have 3 games against the Rays?

    Debateable.

    I would like the Rangers to beat the Rays because I don’t want to have to possibly rely on sweeping the Rays. I’d rather the Rangers beat them and then revert back to losing.

  17. yankeefeminista September 18th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    In postgame questioning, what did Girardi just say “maybe” to?

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    And here’s another application of teams playing loose against teams playing not-so-loose (or going cold at the wrong time). San Diego beat the Pirates again. Third game in a row! And thinking of the mighty falling, how about Houston Street closing for the Pads?

  19. BrianWilsonsBeard September 18th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    trisha – Exactly. That’s the beauty of it, one of us could be right, the other could be right, or everyone could even be way off. The terms “Fan” and “Open-minded” don’t always go together all the time, but you definitely seem to balance that and walk that fine line day in and day out, based on the little I’ve seen in the comments the past few games. It’s nice to have someone like that here who actually thinks rationally, even when a lot of the time the rest of us don’t!

  20. yankeefeminista September 18th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Texas went ahead, 3-2.

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for that comment. And you are so right about Fan and Open-minded, and it is totally understandable that they don’t always go together. And it’s also understandable why fans who are into the moment and filled with emotion would think that someone attempting to apply cold rationality into a tension-filled situation should be shot on sight. :)

    There are a few other posters who are able/willing to have those conversations and actually understand those possibilities, but they don’t happen to be around; so knowing that there is someone here who can play that role is extremely comforting to me!

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I should say knowing that there is someone else here who can play that role…

  23. BrianWilsonsBeard September 18th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Haha well I certainly can’t guarantee I’ll be able to separate my raging emotions from some level-headed rationality in the heat of the moment, but I’m sure you’ll be there to occasionally bring us back from the ledge if we need it!

  24. UpState September 18th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2013 at 10:09 pm
    Brendan Ryan has been such a find! Mystique and aura has helped him find his stroke.
    ==================
    MTU September 18th, 2013 at 10:11 pm
    Brendan Ryan hit .290 with the Cardinals.

    Long reviewed tape of his stance at that time and is trying to help him get back to it.

    Have a good evening.

    See ya’ tomorrow.
    ============================

    Thank you, much maligned Kevin Long !!!

  25. UnKnown September 18th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I think we want the Rays to win. We can beat them next week ourselves. Sucks that the O’s won again though. At least the Tribe lost.

    We win our own games and we are in. Probably going to have to win 9 more of them but if we do we will get in. It will all take care of itself if we just man up and win.

    Such an awesome game tonight and super exciting. Hopefully tomorrow we can win 8 to 3 or something like that and then we get back home for 6 biggies.

    Like I said, going down guns a blazing!!

  26. Niki September 18th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I like Ryan. I hope they keep him.

  27. UnKnown September 18th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Wow gutsy win by the Rays after the bonehead move by the rook Myers in right. Very good win for them. I think it’s better for us too.

  28. El Yanki September 18th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Mystique and aura”..very nice trisha.
    Who cares the rays won,we must win OUR games to make it anyways with such a bunch of teams running for the wild card. Just win Yankees(Hope Cano is correct about Gods plan for Mariano,Hehe)

  29. Wang IS Taiwan September 18th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I don’t know how many of you hang out with Brits (I do over here), but I found this video pretty amusing. And it does feature the Red Sox/Yankees:

    http://www.pbh2.com/humor/if-b.....tpaidglobe

  30. backbench September 18th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    IMO, an important subplot of late is how little confidence Joe is showing in DR. We are going to truly be in withdrawal without Mo next year.

    Mo brings special magic to the end game, as everyone knows, but that magic actually holds umps in thrall. According to the WSJ, 14.3% of Mo’s pitches called strikes are actually out of the strike zone.

    DR (or anyone else who tries to fill that role), will never get that kind of deference.

  31. Wang IS Taiwan September 18th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    The Sox had so many chances to win that game. They’re losing on purpose…at least that’s what I tell my Sox friend. Grr.

  32. Wang IS Taiwan September 19th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Niki September 18th, 2013 at 11:22 pm
    I like Ryan. I hope they keep him.

    So far, I like what we’ve seen.


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