It sure wasn’t easy, and it was at times unwatchable, but somehow the Yankees knocked off the Orioles, 5-4 in twelve innings. The offense was putrid, two for eighteen with runners in scoring position. The team stranded twelve on base. Eventually, the new Yankee Raul Ibanez, who earlier pinch-hit for Andruw Jones, came through in the twelfth, hitting a booming double that platted Robinson Cano.
Derek Jeter led off the game with a solo home run off Taiwanese rookie left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The Yankees were ready to add more until Mark Teixeira flew out on a three ball count with two on and one out.
Freddy Garcia at times could not find the strikezone, throwing a ridiculous five wild pitches, two of which led to runs. He was not helped by a stupid mistake by Jeter and Russell Martin. Rather than take a second out of a potential double play while conceding a run in the fourth, Jeter fired to home, and Martin dropped the ball, being credited with an error.
The bullpen, as advertised, was stellar. Rookie David Phelps came in for Garcia and tossed two and a third innings of perfect baseball, striking out four. David Robertson threw his usual scoreless eighth. In the ninth, things got scary as Boone Logan and Cory Wade got into a bases loaded jam, but Wade got J.J. Hardy to pop out to end the threat and pitched into the eleventh. Clay Rapada got two more outs to end the eleventh. Mariano for now ended any early doubts and threw a 1-2-3 inning to end the game and seal the victory.
Yankees and O’s wrap up the series tomorrow at seven, CC Sabathia vs. Jake Arrieta. The Yanks have an off day Thursday before the home opener Friday afternoon against the Angels