Monday, April 25, 2011

Yankees win a wild extra inning game in Baltimore

The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon by the score of 6-3.  It was a normal game for six innings as Freddy Garcia was cruising and the Yankees had a 3-0 lead, it got crazy in the seventh inning.  Joba Chamberlain gave up a two run homerun, Mariano Rivera came on in the eighth inning because Rafael Soriano was out with back spasms.  Rivera got bailed out on a nice running catch by Brett Gardner to end the inning.  Rivera blew his second straight save in the ninth inning but the winning run was thrown out at home plate by Robinson Cano.  The Yankees had a chance for the lead in the tenth but Derek Jeter got thrown out at homeplate to end that inning. 

Boone Logan got a win and Buddy Carlyle closed out the game.  The Yankees after a 40 minute rain delay took the lead in the eleventh inning with some help from the Orioles who committed two errors in the inning.  Cano started it with a double and stole third when they tried to pick him off of second base.  He scored on a groundout by Russel Martin that the shortstop threw into right field after a diving stop.  He was going for the double play that I don't think he would of had.  The Yankees scored two more runs after that and they closed it out in the eleventh. 

It was the Yankees third straight win and they finished their roadtrip at 3-1.  They will now take on the White Sox in a four game series at Yankee Stadium.  A.J. Burnett will pitch on Monday night.  Phil Hughes is scheduled to make a rehab start on Thursday. 

Rivera has blown two straight saves but in this game didn't get any help from the umpire who had a couple of questionable ball and strike calls.  Rivera still gave up the double to Brian Roberts with two outs to tie the game though. 

There were no incidents after the plunking of Martin last night.  It will be interesting to see if the occasion arises later in the year if the Yankees will remember that and not let it go.  The way Martin is playing I could see the Yankees extending him and trying to package either Jesus Montero or Austin Romine who are both playing well in the minors for a pitcher. 

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