The Yankees almost watched it all unravel before their eyes. Just like the Yankees scored five runs in the eighth inning the night before, the White Sox were on the verge of doing the same thing off setup man David Robertson, who had an off night. Mariano Rivera was up in the bullpen when the score was 6-4, and was ready to get the four-out save when the game became 6-5. Mariano did just that, retiring four batters in a row and securing the Yankees their 17th win in their last 24 games.
The Yankees stubbed their toes in the first inning after the Robinson Cano home run off rookie pitcher Erik Johnson (0-1). After walking the bases loaded, he struck out Ichiro Suzuki for the final out, preserving the tie for the time being. However, the Yankees untied the game in the fourth inning, which started off after Johnson gave up a single. He then allowed Ichiro to reach base on a throwing error which set up the RBI double for Lyle Overbay. Brett Gardner followed with a two-run triple and Cano had a two-out RBI single. Alfonso Soriano‘s SAC fly in the seventh inning was the game deciding run.
– CC Sabathia‘s Line: 7.1 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. CC obviously pitched much better than what his line suggests, going into the eighth inning with a 6-1 lead. He was pulled after giving up a single to Paul Konerko in favor of David Robertson. Robertson gave up both inherited runs, and then gave up two runs of his own.
– Mariano Rivera recorded a four-out save, the first time he’s done so since July 24, 2011 against the Oakland Athletics. This was Rivera’s 117th career save with more than three outs.
– The Yankees would be 1.5 games in back for the second Wild Card spot if the Tampa Bay Rays lose to the Los Angeles Angels. They gained another game over the Baltimore Orioles in the standings after the Orioles lost to the Cleveland Indians 6-4.
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