No Gonzo, No ProbleMo: Mariano and the Yankees Hold Off Late Threat Avoid Near 2001 Meltdown

I was definitely not the most well played game ever, but it was an instant classic for the 2010 season, at least for the Yankees any ways, it will be a very memorable game.

The Bombers went into the ninth inning trailing 5-4, Jeter and Swisher both walked to lead off the inning against Aaron Heilman, Teixeira’s ground ball moved them to second and third, and A-Rod hit a sacrifice fly to score Jeter.

Mariano Rivera had a one-two-three bottom of the ninth and they headed to the 10th tied 5-5

Leading off the bottom of the 10th Curtis Granderson smacked a home run to deep right field to give the Yankees the lead 6-5. Jeter would ground into a double play, and Rivera grounded out in his third career at bat to end the inning, garnering much applause form the Yankee dugout.

Mo pitched the bottom of the 10th inning, making this his first two inning appearance of the year. But it would not be an easy inning, to say the least.

Leading off, Stephen Drew dunked in a bloop hit, reminiscent to Luis Gonzalez’s walk off hit off Mo in 2001. Justin Upton doubled to deep left and Drew was held at third, Miguel Montero was then intentionally walked to load the bases with none out.

The D-backs sure could have used Luis Gonzalez in that 10th inning, because the next three batters posed little threat to Mo. Chris Young fouled out to Cervelli, Adam LaRoche popped out to A-Rod, and Mark Reynolds struck out swinging to end the game.

Mo looked cool as a cucumber as he pitched to those final three batters, just as if there was no body on base. Clearly, Rivera had no mental damage left from that 2001 World Series.

The Yankees are now 9-3 against the D-backs and have never lost a series to them since 2001.

Next up for the Yanks is a visit to an old friend and old enemy, Joe Torre and Manny Ramirez out in L.A. The series gets started on Friday night after an off day on Thursday for the Bombers.

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