American League Game Summary - Oakland at New York|
(Saturday, September 22nd)
Final Score: New York 10, Oakland 9 (14 innings)
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Eduardo Nunez hit a grounder to first that was
bobbled with the bases loaded in the 14th inning to give the New York Yankees
a 10-9 win over the Oakland Athletics in the second game of three.
Eric Chavez singled to start the inning off Tyson Ross (2-10) and was
replaced on base by Melky Mesa, who was making his MLB debut. A sacrifice
bunt by Derek Jeter moved the runner into scoring position and Ichiro Suzuki
was then intentionally walked. Alex Rodriguez followed with a single to
center that should have drove in the winner, but Mesa missed third as he
rounded the bag and had to go back.
Robinson Cano then hit a grounder to the right of the mound that Ross bobbled,
but he recovered and fired home for the second out. Nunez followed with a
sharp grounder to first and Brandon Moss bobbled the ball, allowing Suzuki to
score the winning run.
New York stayed a game ahead of Baltimore for first place in the AL East. The
Orioles defeated the Red Sox in 12 innings earlier on Saturday.
Oakland saw its lead for the final wild card spot in the AL fall to
2 1/2 games ahead of the Angels, who beat the White Sox on Saturday.
Cory Wade (1-1) got the win for pitching a 1-2-3 top of the 14th inning for
the Yankees, who have won a season-high seven consecutive games at home.
Suzuki, Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez each had three hits, with Ibanez smacking a
two-run homer in the 13th to tie the game after Oakland had scored four
runs in the top of the inning.
"We find ways to get back up when we go through some tough things and that's
what they did again today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Stephen Drew went 4-for-8 with a solo home run and three runs scored, while
Moss added three hits for the Athletics, who have dropped five of their last
"It's crushing, but at the same time we just got to move on," Ross said.
Drew started the game with a double to left-center field. Seth Smith and
Yoenis Cespedes followed with consecutive RBI doubles to left to give Oakland
a 2-0 lead.
The Yankees got to Oakland starter Travis Blackley in the bottom half. Suzuki
hit a one-out homer to right. Rodriguez walked, moved to second on a balk and
raced home on Cano's single to left. The bases were loaded after Nick Swisher
walked and Jayson Nix reached first on third baseman Josh Donaldson's fielding
error. Andruw Jones worked a walk to force in a run, making it 3-2.
New York tacked on another run in the second. Suzuki singled with one out but
was thrown out at third on Rodriguez's base hit. Cano reached base on second
baseman Cliff Pennington's fielding error to put men on the corners. Rodriguez
scored on a wild pitch to give New York a 4-2 edge.
The A's scored one run in the third and fourth to tie the game. Drew led off
the third with a homer to center. Oakland loaded the bases later in the
inning, but Josh Reddick grounded into a double play.
In the fourth, Donaldson was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on George
Kottaras' single and scored on Pennington's single to center.
Pinch-hitter Ibanez's homer to right in the fifth gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
But the A's tied the contest in the seventh after Cespedes walked, moved to
third on Moss' single and scored on Chris Carter's sacrifice fly.
New York left runners on second and third in the bottom half.
Oakland wasted a golden scoring opportunity of its own in the eighth. With the
bases loaded and two outs, Cespedes flied out.
The A's loaded the bases in the 11th with two outs, but came away empty as
Reddick's line drive shot was snagged on a diving stop by Steve Pearce at
first to end the inning.
Ibanez hustled out a double with one out in the Yankees' 12th and later moved
to third on a wild pitch. Russell Martin then hit a grounder to second and
Pennington came home with the ball. Derek Norris made the catch and hung on to
the ball as Ibanez collided with him for the second out. A pair of walks
loaded the bases, but Jeter flied out to end the frame.
Drew singled to start the 13th and Jonny Gomes followed by clubbing a 1-0
pitch deep into the left-field seats. Cespedes followed with a shot close to
the same spot in left for his 20th homer of the season. Carter later hit a
home run to left off Justin Thomas for a 9-5 lead.
The Yanks didn't give up, though, and put their first three men on base to
start the bottom of the 13th. Pat Neshek then took over for Pedro Figueroa,
and immediately threw a wild pitch that scored a run. After Nunez's sacrifice
fly made it a two-run game, Ibanez drilled a 3-1 pitch deep into the right-
field seats to tie the game.
Blackley allowed four runs -- two earned -- on four hits over two innings. New
York starter Ivan Nova gave up three runs on five hits over 2 1/3 innings ...
New York now leads the season series, 5-4 ... Jeter went just 1-for-7 in the
game, but did extend his hit streak to 16 games ... The teams combined to use
47 players in the contest ... The last three games between these clubs have
gone to extra innings.
09/22 23:57:26 ET