Of course, everything leading up to tonight's exciting bottom of the ninth inning was baseball's version of blue balls. Seriously, how many times can a team have the bases loaded and fail in one game? It happened in the second, happened in the fifth and it happened in the sixth. I guess it's a good thing the bases weren't loaded in the ninth but before we get to that, let's go back to the beginning of the game, shall we?
And I'll give Jimenez some credit for getting out of all of those jams during the game but a lot of it also had to do with the Yankees' ineptitude. They were getting thrown out at home, failing miserably with runners in scoring position, hitting into double plays, etc.
It was not very pleasant to watch.
Hiroki Kuroda had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning but when the Orioles' half of the inning ended Kuroda didn't even have the lead anymore. Nick Hundley hit a double to break up no-no, Steve Pearce hit an RBI double and Adam Jones hit an RBI single to make it 2-1 Orioles. Kuroda was done after six - he threw 107 pitches - and gave up those two runs on four hits.
The Orioles took a 3-1 lead in the ninth on single by Pearce and it looked to be a frustrating loss for the Yankees and Kuroda.
Like I said in the beginning, the Yankees failed all night in the clutch until the bottom of the ninth. That's when Brett Gardner led off the inning with a single off Zach Britton. After Derek Jeter struck out and Ellsbury flew out to center, it seemed as if the Yankees were going to lose the game 3-1. Then Teixeira walked and Brian McCann hit an RBI single to set the scene for Carlos Beltran.
After working the count to 3-1, Beltran deposited a 96 m.p.h. high fastball into the walkway that leads to Section 136, right next to the visitor's bullpen and the Yankees got their first walk-off win of the 2014 season.
Some Beltran fun facts from our own Katie Sharp (follow her on Twitter @ktsharp):
- Beltran is second Yankee DH with two-out, walk-off home run with team trailing. The other was by Thurman Munson in 1974 vs. White Sox.
- Beltran is first Yankee with a two-out walk-off home run vs Orioles since A-Rod in 2007.
- It was the sixth career walk-off home run for Beltran and his first since 2008.
Brian Roberts collected his 1,500th career hit in the second of tonight's game.