The Yankees knew that there was a lot at stake coming into tonight’s game. They were one game in back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card spot and the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians were hot on their tails. After tonight, the playoff picture became a bit clearer and the Orioles were in the Yankees rear view mirror.
The Yankees relied on two home runs (Curtis Granderson, Mark Reynolds), two RBI’s on a single (Vernon Wells) and a wild pitch to take the final game of the four game set. The Yankees got out of it cheaply enough, especially after David Robertson tied the game in the 8th inning by giving up a 3-run HR to Danny Valencia. The wild pitch proved key in the top of the 9th , Jim Johnson throwing the ball away to allow Brendan Ryan to score. Mariano Rivera came in the ninth inning to close the door on the Orioles, just hours after the Orioles gave Mo a miniature bronze ball and bat statue to commemorate his retirement.
— In an odd scoring change, Mariano Rivera was credited with the win while David Robertson was credited with the blown save . Mark Jacobson (the official scorer) refused to give Robertson the win because he was “brief and inconsistent”. Well, in the process Jacobson also denied Mariano of an AL leading 44th save.
— The injury bug has returned and this time, the bug has bitten Brett Gardner. After getting called out on strikes in the first inning, Gardner grabbed his left side while heading to the dugout. Gardner was diagnosed with a strained left oblique and will head to New York tomorrow for an MRI. If all is well, Gardner will meet the team in Boston.
— Boone Logan attempted to do some toss today but only was able to throw five pitches before being shut down again. Not very good progress for the Yankees lefty and I honestly don’t expect to see Logan for the rest of the season.
Photo credit: (September 11, 2013 – Source: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)