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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Bronx, NY (Sept 7) – The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles waited a long time to play this game. The game started at 11PM on Tuesday night and ended into the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The Yankees defeated the Orioles by the score of 5-3. Phil Hughes started the game and pitched pretty well in horrendous conditions. Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner hit back-to-back homeruns to win the game for the Yankees.
Hughes pitched six innings giving up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out five. Hector Noesi pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up one hit and one run and struck out one, Boone Logan did not record an out and gave up a hit and Cory Wade picked up his fourth win of the season pitching 1/3 of an inning. Robertson pitched one inning giving up a walk and striking out one and Mariano Rivera earned his 39th save of the season pitching an inning striking out one.
Gardner had a hit and an RBI, Derek Jeter had a hit and a walk and Curtis Granderson had a walk. Mark Teixeira had a hit and an RBI, Jorge Posada had a hit and an RBI and Cervelli had a hit and an RBI. Posada, Cervelli and Gardner each had a homerun. The Yankees were 1-5 with runners in scoring position and they left four men on base. Teixeira made an error.
In the third inning, Posada hit a solo homerun giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the fifth Cervelli hit a fly ball to deep left field that the fielder had trouble with and made an error allowing Cervelli to reach second and scoring a run making it 2-0. In the sixth inning, Matt Wieters hit a two-run homerun to tie the game at two. Teixeira hit an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. In the seventh inning, Robert Andino had an RBI single to tie the game at three. In the bottom of the seventh Cervelli and Gardner hit back-to-back homeruns. The Cervelli homerun was reviewed as a fan appeared to reach over but the call was upheld and it was a homerun. Gardner followed that with a solo homerun of his own to give the Yankees a 5-3 lead and that was how the game ended.
The Yankees have taken the first two games of the three game series with the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees will be looking for the sweep on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00PM. The two teams will then travel to Baltimore to play a one game series there, as it is a makeup game on Thursday afternoon. The Yankees will be starting a long road trip as they will head out west after the game and then to Toronto. The Yankees came into the day with a 2 ½ game lead in the AL East.
The win was the Yankees sixth straight. “It was a long day, but our guys got it done. I’m proud of what they did. As many plays as the infielders made today, I was actually shocked. We found a way.” Joe Girardi said.
The game was delayed for four hours and three minutes at the start. There was maybe twenty minutes of the whole game where it did not rain but the rest of the time it was a mist or a downpour, the conditions were horrible but they got the game in. The fans that were holding tickets for this game will get a free game in 2012 to either of the two upper sections. This does not include premium games.
There was maybe a couple of hundred people in the stadium and that is probably being generous. It was just a bad situation but with all the rainouts already and the days getting short MLB felt they had to get the game in. Thankfully, no one got hurt and the Yankees did get the game in and could look forward to the finale on Wednesday afternoon.