I love walkoff wins.
It shouldn't have been that close. But in the bottom of the 9th, Jose Reyes lead off with a double, Melky Cabrera put down a bunt, to move Reyes to third (what normally would be a dumb move) (apparently, doing it on his own, Gibby didn't call for the bunt) and Yankee 3B Yangervis Solarte threw it away. Thank you Yankees' defense.
We scored 3 runs in the 4th inning, off a Dioner Navarro home run. Navarro has looked much better at the plate lately, very good to see.
Then we scored 3 more in the 5th. Munenori Kawasaki and Jose Reyes started the inning off with singles. Then, with two outs, Edwin hit a ball to the third base side of Derek Jeter. Jeter got to the ball, but thought about going to third base, then was too late throwing to first. Any other SS and that's an error, but not for the Captain. Colby Rasmus followed with a hard shot off the right field wall, driving in 2. The throw in to second got there before Colby (he must of thought he hit a home run) but Colby ran back to first and Jeter, instead of throwing to Mark Teixeira, chased Colby all the way back to first and Colby beat him, while that went on, Edwin scored. Course, again, no error on Derek.
We were up 6-0 and all was good.
Mark Buehrle was coasting along. But then he gave up a leadoff homer to Jeter in the 6th. Still we were up 6-1, all was good. In the 7th, Buehrle gave up a 1-out Brian McCann double and a Brian Roberts home run. 6-3....all was still, well not good but ok. One out later, he gave up a double to Brett Gardner. Into the game comes Dustin McGowan, who has been lights out as a reliever. Dustin walked Jeter on 5 pitches. Then he got a pop fly to left that should have been an easy out, but Melky took a bad route and just missed the catch,. Then he got an easy ground ball to short, but Reyes rushed the throw, bounced it, and Edwin, trying to come up with the ball, got hit with Teixeira's elbow in the head. 2 runs scored on Reyes' second throwing error of the game, the game was tied, and Edwin looked concussed (more on that later). Dustin gave up another single and was Loup game in to get the last out of the inning.
McGowan didn't look good, he was having a hard time finding the strike zone but he could have used someone making an easy play behind him.
We had a quick bottom of the 7th, Loup pitched a 3 up 3 down top of the 8th.
We loaded the bases in the bottom of the 8th, with 1 out, but Anthony Gose and Munenori Kawasaki couldn't bring home the go ahead run. Edwin walked to start the inning, but he didn't look good, he ducked out of the way of a pitch right over the plate and, after the 4th ball, he stood at the plate not realizing he should go to first. Then, going from first to third on Navarro's single, he looked sick after sliding into the bag.
Casey Janssen allowed a leadoff single in the top of the 9th but got out of the inning without allowing a run, setting up the win in the bottom of the inning.
I really can't believe they left Edwin after that collision, but I'll save the rant for later. All I can say now is trainers should work for the players, not the team. There are 162 games, always err on the side of caution.
Jays of the Day are Buehrle (.215 WPA, 6.2 innings, 8 hits, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts, 4 earned), Loup (.186), Janssen (.143), Navarro (.327), Edwin (.114) and Steve Tolleson (.100, plus a nice play at third base). Reyes almost had the number (.094) but his 2 throwing errors, one almost resulting in Edwin's head being removed from his body, costs him a JoD.
Suckage McGowan (-.398, mostly undeserved, he needed some defensive help) an Gose (-.140 for his ground out with the bases loaded in the 8th).
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