Sometimes you’ll take a win any way you can get it. After losing three consecutive slug fests to the Red Sox the Bombers finally got some pitching. Hiroki Kuroda lasted six innings allowing just two runs while striking out six. Was it great? No, but it was a tad better than Jon Lester who lasted eight innings but gave up three runs. The Yankee runs came off doubles by Mark Reynolds and Robinson Cano.
The Pinstripes took a lead into the top of the ninth, Mariano Rivera time. Mo, unfortunately, didn’t have it. Will Middlebrooks hit a game tying home run off the sandman. At that point it was looking like the Yankees were once again going to blow a lead and ultimately lose to Boston.
In the bottom of the ninth Ichiro Suzuki happened. He got on base with a single off Brandon Workman. He stole second base. He tagged up and advanced to third on a Vernon Wells sacrifice. That brought Alfonso Soriano to the plate with two outs. Soriano didn’t need to do a thing. Workman threw a wild pitch that allowed Suzuki to score. The final was 4-3 Yankees.
It was ugly, but a win’s a win. Mercifully the Yankees have actually gained ground on the Wild Card during this series. Baltimore and Cleveland jumped ahead of the Bombers in the standings, but the Yankees now find themselves just two games out of the final Wild Card slot. The games will remain meaningful. Monday the Yankees play the Orioles.