Yankees Win 10-9 In A Wild 14 Inning Game
For the second game in a row it took extra innings for the Yankees (88-63) and A’s (85-66) to decide the game unlike last night this was a wild, marathon game finally ending in the 14th inning. After the Yankees loaded the bases with one out, Robinson Cano hit a ground ball force out to the pitcher, leading to Eduardo Nunez. Nunez hit a routine ground ball to first base and Brandon Moss booted it allowing the Yankees to score the winning run to cap off an absolute wild game that lasted a shade under 6 hours.
Both teams got off to quick starts scoring the in the first inning. In the top of the first the A’s started the game with three straight doubles scoring two runs off of Ivan Nova. In the bottom half the Yankees answered back with three of their own. Ichiro launched a solo home run into the right field seats, his ninth of the season. Robinson Cano laced an RBI single later in the inning and Andruw Jones walked with the bases loaded putting the Yanks on top 3-2.
In the bottom of the second the Yankees got another run when Alex Rodriguez scored from third on a wild pitch from A’s starter Travis Blackley. Blackley only went 2 innings gave up four runs on four hits and struck out one.
Oakland would get one back in the top of the third when Stephen Drew went deep off of Nova. It was Drew’s 4th of the season. In the fifth Oakland tied the game at four when Cliff Pennington laced an RBI single back up the middle with Clay Rapada in the game.
In the fifth inning Raul Ibanez gave the Yankees took a 5-4 lead with a deep solo blast to right field off of Oakland reliever Jim Miller. It was Ibanez 16th of the season.
The pesky A’s would come back in tie the game in the seventh inning when Chris Carter lifted a RBI sac-fly to deep center field off of Derek Lowe.
The two teams went 12 innings before all hell broke loose for the Yankees and the A’s hit three home runs in the top of the 13th. Freddy Garcia tossed three scoreless innings before Johnny Gomes hit a two run shot then Yoenis Cespedes followed with one of his own. Joe Girardi then brought in Justin Thomas who gave up the third home run of the inning to Chris Carter.
The Yankees answered right back in the bottom of the 13th with four runs of their own capped off by a huge game tying two run homer from Raul Ibanez surrendered by Pat Neshek.
Derek Jeter singled in the sixth inning extending his hitting streak to 16 straight.
Ivan Nova only went 2 1/3 gave up three runs on five hits and struck out two.
Cory Wade was the winner (1-1), who pitched a scoreless top of the 14th. Tyson Ross was the loser (2-10).
The Yankees will play the A’s again on Sunday afternoon. A.J. Griffin (6-1 2.45) will get the start for the A’s, Hiroki Kuroda (14-10 3.26) will go for the Yankees. Pregame coverage begins at 12:30, first pitch at 1:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.