Saturday, September 27, 2014

Derek Jeter ends his Yankee Stadium career with a storybook ending

The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.  The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York and the final score was 6-5.  Hiroki Kuroda started and after a rough start pitched very well.  David Robertson blew the save but Jeter was the hero once again. 

Kuroda pitched eight innings giving up three hits and two runs.  He didn't walk a batter and struck out nine.  Robertson blew his fifth save and won his fourth game of the season.  Robertson pitched an inning giving up two hits and three runs with a walk and gave up two walks. 

Kevin Gausman pitched five innings giving up three hits and two runs.  He walked one and struck out five.  T.J. McFarland pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and three unearned runs with a walk and two strikeouts, Brian Matusz pitched 2/3 of an inning and Joe Saunders pitched an inning giving up a walk.  Evan Meek lost his fourth game of the season pitching 1/3 of an inning giving up two hits and a run. 

Brett Gardner had a hit, Jeter had two hits and three RBI and Brian McCann had two RBI.  Chase Headley drew a walk, Chris Young had a hit and drew a walk and Ichiro Suzuki drew a walk.  Jose Pirela had two hits, Jeter hit a double and the Yankees were 2-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.  Jeter committed an error. 

Nick Markakis had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Alejandro De Aza had two hits and an RBI and Adam Jones had a hit and two RBI.  Steve Pearce had a hit and an RBI, Markakis, De Aza, Jones and Pearce each hit a homerun.  The Orioles were 0-1 with runners in scoring position and left one man on base.  Kelly Johnson, Jimmy Paredes  and J.J. Hardy each committed an error.  Caleb Joseph had a passed ball. 

Markakis and De Aza hit back-to-back homeruns to start the game and gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead.  Jeter hit an RBI double in the bottom of the first and McCann reached on an error and a run scored to tie the game at two.  In the seventh Jeter reached on a fielder's choice and an error allowing two runs to score.  McCann hit a sacrifice fly and it was 5-2 Yankees.  Jeter took the field for his last inning and the crowd rose and the noise grew with excitement and anticipation.  Robertson rained on his parade by blowing a save, he gave up a two run homerun to Jones and a solo homerun to Pearce to tie the game at five.  Jeter left the field but was coming up third in the bottom of the ninth.  Pirela led off with a single, Richardson pinch ran and Gardner bunted him to second.  Jeter stepped up to the plate and on the first pitch had a classic Jeter hit to right field for the game winning hit and the Yankees won 6-5.  Pandemonium broke out as everyone mobbed Jeter between first and second.  It was an unreal experience and then as he walked towards the dugout the rest of the core four, Joe Torre, Gerald Williams, Tino Martinez and Bernie Williams all greeted him and his family.  It was a storybook career and a storybook ending to his Yankee Stadium career.  The Yankees split the four game series with the Orioles and will now head to Boston for the final three games of their season. 

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