Sometimes, you win ugly.
On a night where Freddy Garcia threw FIVE wild pitches and the bats were 1 for 16 with RISP before the eventual game-winning hit, the Yanks pulled out a 5-4 win in 12 innings.
Derek Jeter led off the game with a HR, #241 of his career. Swisher then doubled, but was left stranded—a recurring theme on this night. (While the Yanks wound up 2 for 18 w/risp tonight—making them 10 for 53 for the season [yuk]—the Orioles were 0 for 8 w/risp themselves.)
In the bottom of the first, Garcia gave up a game-tying run. With two out and men on first and second, Garcia threw a WP—then another—and the O’s were up 2-1.
The O’s went up 3-1 in the fourth with help of .., yes, another WP and an E-2 by Martin.
In the fifth, a double, sac bunt and groundout for the O’s, then the run scores on … ready for it? Another wild pitch.
Garcia went just 4 2/3, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 walks, 3 K. … and FIVE wild pitches.
Not even A.J. Burnett did that.
The Yankees bullpen saved the Yanks’ ass tonight. 7 1/3 innings, no runs, just 2 hits.
….and it started with the rookie, David Phelps. 2 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
The Yanks tied it in the sixth. With the bases loaded, Andruw Jones got a SF, and the Yanks caught a break when Mark Reynolds made an E-5 with two out to enable the Yanks to cut the score to 4-3. Gardner then singled in the tying run. Reynolds’ error meant two unearned runs.
After that, it was a war of attrition.
Robertson the 8th. 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
The 9th– Logan 1 batter, a hit.
Cory Wade with a great effort. 2 1/3, IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 4 K, and an escape in the 9th worthy of Houdini (or David Robertson). See below.
Clay Rapada (W 1-0) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
In the seventh, a bad decision by 3b Coach Rob Thomson. Swisher led off the inning with a HBP off his ankle. When Cano doubled, Thomson sent Swisher. He was thrown out at the plate. Forget the ankle, didn’t Swisher have groin trouble the last week of spring training? Sure enough, the Yanks don’t score that inning.
Even after this game, Cano, A-Rod, Teixeira and Granderson (who hit 3-4-5-6 tonight) have a combined total of ONE rbi.
Jeter’s two hits put him now at 3097.
In the bottom of the 9th, the Orioles loaded the bases with two out, but Wade got J.J. Hardy to pop up.
After all the LOB and futileness of offense on both sides, the Yanks finally pushed across a run in the top of the 12th. Cano doubled, Alex grounded out, Cano moving up to third, and Teixeira popped up. Showalter then walked Granderson to set up a force at second and to face Ibanez.
As Ken Singleton pointed out so well on My9, they should have walked Ibanez as well to load the bases, set up the force at any base, and pitch to the weak-hitting new Yankee, backup C Chris Stewart, who replaced Martin at catcher mid-game.
Instead, Ibanez laced a ground-rule double into RCF.
In the bottom of the 12th, the Rivera we know and love was back. Save #604 for the G(reatest) O(f) A(ll) T(ime). a 1-2-3 with 2 K.
It was a win the Yanks didn’t deserve… but will take.
But the clutch hitting has to start coming along… and soon.