The game looked golden from the 1st inning to the 9th inning. Bartolo Colon had pitched marvelous, having a shutout through 8 innings, approximately 10 pitches per inning, rounding out to 87 pitches and he handed the ball over to Mariano in the 9th. Thought the game would be over right? Think again.
The Yankees were leading 1-0 going into the 9th inning and while Mariano Rivera was able to get the first out, he gave up back to back singles and a SAC fly which helped the Orioles tie the ballgame. In the most wackiest games of the season thus far, the Yankees were losing pitchers fast. They didn’t want to use Joba Chamberlain or David Robertson, they had used Boone Logan (who got them out of an 11th inning jam), Luis Ayala and Mariano, which didn’t give the Yankees much to chose from but they had one secret weapon: Hector Noesi (1-0). Sure he’s a kid that was JUST called up, but he could pitch in the 12th inning on and keep the Yankees hopes alive, right?
Noesi had done better than that. First batter he faced, he struck out; got into some bases loaded jams but wriggled right out of it and kept the Orioles off the scoreboard. The 15th inning was the oddest by far. The inning started out normally when Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez both singled for base hits off of Jeremy Accardo (2-1), who had pitched since the 14th inning. Orioles went to the bullpen and summoned Michael Gonzalez, who on the first pitch gave up 2 runs (which were charged to Accardo) to Robinson Cano, leaving him at third with a triple. The next batter Chris Dickerson had always wanted to see stars now that he’s on the New York Yankees, but he didn’t want to see them this way. Gonzalez plunked Dickerson in the head, leaving him with a welt on the side of his face. Gonzalez was immediately ejected from the game which stirred another problem for the Yankees and the Orioles. For the Yankees, who was going to replace Dickerson, and for the Orioles, who was going to pitch since they had no more pitchers. The Yankees easily settled there dilemma by putting Jeter in short, moving Nunez from short to Right Field and pinch running was A.J Burnett (it may be 12:30 in the morning, but this is not a typo). The Orioles decided to bring in tomorrow’s starter Jeremy Guthrie to stop the bleeding, which didn’t make sense to fans, seeing that he was going to face C.C Sabathia tomorrow. Brett Gardner was able to seal the door on this game by hitting a SAC fly to score Cano, the second Yankee to bring a runner home on an earned run.
Noesi had pitched the bottom of the 15th and in the beginning it looked like trouble with 2 on and no outs. With Nick Markakis and Brandon Snyder on first and second and with one out, Matt Wieters hit a ground ball which was going to go through for a base hit, until it hit the foot of Snyder thus calling him out on interrferance. One out later, the weary but somewhat happy Yankees were on there way to the clubhouse to talk to news reporters and to get some rest because like John Sterling says, “You can’t predict baseball.” And I can assure you Yankee fans, NO ONE saw this 15 inning game coming.
Note: Nick Swisher had the start today a day after being out with a stomach virus, but was pulled from the 8th inning for Chris Dickerson; Andruw Jones also had the start today, but was lifted in favor of Brett Gardner; Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson both had days off and Girardi refused to use them during the game; Hector Noesi was called up before, but was sent down before he could make his major league debut; Derek Jeter had 2 hits today, which brings his total to 32 hits away from 3,000; Colon who pitched an 8 inning shut out did not get the win, but instead got a no decision.
EDITED NOTE: Jeremy Guthrie who pitched to the final 3 batters of the 15th inning will NOT pitch in the series finale against the Yankees. Brad Bergesen will take his place in the rotation and pitch against CC.