Ibanez the hero again as the Yankees walk off in extras

The good:

  • Other than Ibanez, the hero of the night was definitely Hiroki Kuroda, who held the Orioles to two runs and five hits over 8.1 innings. he got caught trying to throw get me over breaking balls to Ryan Flaherty and Manny Machado, Baltimore’s eighth and ninth hitters, both of which were turned around for home runs, but that was about the extent of the damage he allowed. He wasn’t at his sharpest, hitting two batters on the night, including Mark Reynolds to load the bases with two outs in the fourth inning, but he made big pitches when he had to and went deep into the game to keep the team in the game while the offense floundered. Huge, huge, effort by Kuroda tonight.
  • In addition to Ibanez, a couple of other guys deserve some kudos for that ninth inning home run. First, Joe Girardi, for having the guts to actually call on him to pinch hit for A-Rod.
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A Look Back At The Yankees’ Recent Division Series Losses

I saw this stat earlier and thought it was interesting.

I thought a trip down ‘not so happy’ memory lane was in order.

In 2005, the Yankees faced off against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a five-game series. The series began in Anaheim with a Yankee...

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Orioles Edge Yankees 3-2, Series Tied Heading Back To New York

Tonight’s game, when it finally began after yet another rain delay, started off well with the Yankees scoring first.

How did they do it? Let me walk you through it.

Derek Jeter led off the game with a single, Ichiro followed that up by reaching on a fielding error by Mark Reynolds. Poor...

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Orioles grind out 3-2 win to even series

Oddly enough, things actually felt pretty good for the Yankees early in the game, as they caught most of the breaks. Ichiro Suzuki scored in the first inning on a circus move, and Andy Pettitte was generally solid, though he did hit one rough patch in the third inning. After retiring the first eight men he faced, Pettitte allowed the next five Orioles, though only two would score thanks to a fortuitous event in which J.J. Hardy failed to score from second on a slow ground ball that rolled into the outfield because he saw neither the ball get past Derek Jeter nor his third base coach waving him home. After that Pettitte would more or less settle in, and gave the Yankees a chance to break through at multiple opportunities.

Things really began to go bad in the fourth inning, however, when the Yankees loaded the bases with one out but failed to score even a single run. Curtis Granderson actually lined a single into center field but a gimpy Mark Teixeira had no chance of making it home against Adam Jones‘ arm, and then Eduardo Nunez flailed a weak pop up to the shortstop position, dampening the Yankees’ chances severely before a Jeter ground out stomped them out completely.…

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CC Sabathia pitches into the ninth inning, Yankees bust out late to take game 1 of the ALDS

The big guy was dealing all night.

For the second consecutive year rain delayed the start of the Yankee postseason. The start of the Bombers’ 2011 ALDS was a greater debacle, with the teams actually beginning the game before delaying it a...

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Big ninth inning gives Yanks 7-2 win in Game One

Then the Yankees’ bats finally took over. The Orioles called on their closer, Jim Johnson, in the tie game at home, but that turned out to be the worst move either team made all night. Johnson surrendered a home run to the first batter he saw, Russell Martin, to put the Yankees ahead for the first time since the top of the third inning, and from there the flood gates opened. Raul Ibanez followed the home run with a single, moved to third on a hit and run, and then Eduardo Nunez scored in his place on a perfectly placed swinging bunt by Ichiro Suzuki. To add insult to injury, the Orioles didn’t get any outs on that play. Johnson finally recorded an out by striking out Alex Rodriguez, but Robinson Cano came through with a double to left field that scored both Derek Jeter and Ichiro, then moved to third base on the throw home and scored himself on a Nick Swisher sac fly to push the lead to 7-2.…

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Yanks Crush Red Sox 14-2, Next Stop: The ALDS

“Now, the real season begins…”

After the game, while speaking with Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network, Captain Derek Jeter expressed that sentiment after tonight’s 14-2 drubbing of the Boston Red Sox.

The game started off similarly to last night’s game with the Red Sox scoring first. This time, they scored one run off...

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Yanks Win, Maintain Lead In The East And Now Control Their Destiny

This game was so many different things: frustrating, annoying, nerve racking, exhilarating, deflating, frustrating again and finally, the best thing ever.

Let’s start with the frustrating aspects:

  • The Yankees scored four runs on 16 hits.
  • They were 4-11 with runners in scoring position
  • They left 14 men on base.

Those same things were annoying but so was their ineptitude against...

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