The Yankees seem to love extra inning victories, don’t they?
Once again, the Yankees found themselves in extra innings and after 12-innings and an hour “rain” delay, the Yankees outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-4 win at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Yankees were able to get on the board in the first inning after Brett Gardner walked, Derek Jeter singled and Jacoby Ellsbury drove Gardner in. Kelly Johnson helped the Yankees tack on another run in the fifth inning after driving in Ichiro Suzuki and two at-bats later, Gardner hit a SAC Fly to score Roberts. The Yankees would be held scoreless again until the top of the 12th–but let’s backtrack for a minute to talk about the play that allowed the Yankees to make it to the 12th. In the bottom of the 11th, Yadier Molina hit a long fly ball to left field which had a legitimate chance of leaving the ballpark and sending the Cardinals home with the victory. Gardner gained revenge on Molina after Molina threw him out at second earlier in the game, by making an incredible catch and robbing Molina of a potential home run. Let’s go back to the 12th inning, where Roberts hit the go-ahead single, Alfonso Soriano hit a SAC fly and Brendan Ryan singled home Ichiro. Gardner’s catch made all the difference in the game.
Chase Whitley started the game for the Yankees and for the first time since joining the rotation, Whitley pitched five complete innings; he also gave up three runs on eight hits and struck out two. Preston Claiborne allowed two inherited runners to score while Matt Thornton, Dellin Betances and Alfredo Aceves had scoreless outings. David Robertson gave up a run in the 12th, but the run was unearned due to a Derek Jeter error.
– David Phelps will take the mound for the Yankees as he pitches in his hometown for the first time in a Yankees uniform. However, Lance Lynn will try to spoil Phelps’s homecoming as takes the mound for the Cardinals. First pitch will be at 8:15 p.m. and the game will air on My9.