Raul Ibanez was something like .191-5-22 since June 11th. He didn’t start today’s game, but hit two HR to fuel a miracle comeback that kept the Yanks up by one in the A.L. East with 11 games to play.
Ivan Nova started and was awful, lasting just 2 1/3 IP. He gave up 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 2 K. ERA to 4.94. He gave up two in the top of the first. Three batters and three doubles in, it was 2-0 Oakland.
The Yanks got 3 in the bottom of the first as the red-hot Ichiro homered (#9) to cut it to 2-1. A-Rod walked, was balked to second and Cano tied it up with a single. A walk to Swish, and error (those killed the A’s today) and a walk to Jones made it 3-2 Yanks.
Seriously, how a pitcher could walk Jones right now is pathetic. Jones since 7/18 is .130-1-7.
An error and WP in the second led to a Yankees’ run. Thanks A’s. Another later helped the Yanks win the game.
Stephen Drew cut it to 4-3 with a HR in the 3rd. Clay Rapada replaced Nova with one out and the bases loaded. He got a DP.
But Rapada had trouble in the fourth. The A’s tied it up.
Rapada 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2K. 2.92.
It stood that way until the 5th, when Ibanez PH and hit a HR, #16. 5-4 Yanks.
Derek Lowe replaced Rapada. He did ok but Oakland tied it in the 7th.
2 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Combined ERA 5.29.
So it stayed until the 13th.
Logan 1 1/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.78.
Eppley got out of a bases loaded jam in the 8th. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.56.
Joba had a great 9th. 1 IP, 0 R 0 H. 0 walks and 2 K. 5.19.
Freddy Garcia then came in as the Yanks needed some length. Who knew how long his would go? D-Rob and Soriano were both unavailable.
In the 11th, bases loaded and two out, Steve Pearce made a great lunging stab of a liner to save the Yanks two runs.
With two out and the bases loaded in the 12th, Jeter flied out. Derek had one hit today, #3292.
In the 13th, Garcia lost it. He’s good one time through the order, but that second time… a single and back-to-back HR made it 8-5 A’s. Justin Thomas came in and made it 9-5 by giving up another HR. The Yanks looked dead.
Garcia 3 IP, 3 R 4 H 2 walks and 1 K. 5.30.
Thomas 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.43.
Three straight singles loaded the bases for the Yanks in the bottom of the 13th with no out. A WP made it 9-6 and a SF by Nunez made it 9-7.
Ibanez then tied it up with his second HR of the game. #17 made it 9-9.
Cory Wade had a 1-2-3 top of the 14th.
In the bottom half, Chavez singled and PR Melky Mesa was sac’d to second by Jeter. Had the game gone into the 15th, I wonder who would have played 1B. You would have had Martin C, Nunez 3B, Jeter SS, Cano 2B, Mesa ???, Suzuki LF, Granderson CF and Ibanez RF.
My guess is that Ibanez would have gone to 1B and Mesa to RF. Ibanez has played 136 games at 1B in his career.
After Ichiro was walked to get to A-Rod (Yes, Ichiro is that hot lately), A-Rod singled… but Mesa, making his MLB debut, missed the bag at third and instead of scoring, had to be held up.
A force at the plate followed. Mesa had the goat horns on.
But Nunez sliced one towards the line. 1B Brandon Moss booted it and the Yanks wound up with a 10-9, 14-inning win that kept them a game in front.
Wade, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H 0 walks and 0 K got the win. 1-1, 6.34.
Ichiro and A-Rod each with 3 hits today. 3 H, 2 HR, and 3 RBI for Ibanez.