Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Yankees Win a Thriller in the Bronx!

Game date- 5/16/06

Rangers- 13, Yankees- 14

W- Rivera (1-2)
L- Otsuka (0-1)

New York's Jorge Posada is congratulated by teammates after hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 2-5 ( 1B, 1B, BB, 4R)
SS- Jeter, 4-5 ( 1B, 1B, 2B, SB, BB, 3R, 4RBI, 3-run HR [5] )
3B- Rodriguez, 1-5 ( BB, 2B, R)
C- Posada, 2-3 (1B, BB, 2R, 5RBI, 2 sac, walkoff 2-run HR [6])
2B- Cano, 0-3 ( BB, HBP, RBI)
RF- Williams, 1-4 ( 2B, BB, 2R, RBI)
DH- Phillips, 2-5 (2B, 2B)
1B- Cairo, 2-5 ( 1B, 1B, 3RBI)
LF- Cabrera, 2-4 ( 1B, 1B, R)

Yankee Pitching:

Chacon- 6H, 8R ( one unearned), 2BB, 1.1IP
Small- 6H, 2R, BB, 2K, 4.1IP
Villone- H, 1.1IP
Proctor- 2H, 2R, BB, K, IP
Farnsworth- 2K, IP
Rivera- 2H, R, BB, IP


Shawn Chacon was miserable, giving up 8 runs in just and inning and a thirds pitched! Aaron Small came in in relief and gave up a 3-run home run to Texas' Hank Blalock. The Yankees, by the end of the second inning, were down 9 to 0.

But the Yankees chipped away with an RBI single by Cairo, RBI double by Jeter, RBI groundout by Cano, RBI sac fly by Posada, and another unearned run. The score was then 10 to 5, Rangers leading.

When Small left the game, Ron Villone came in and served up a double to Blalock. But Cabrera cut the ball off in right field, threw to Jeter who in turn relayed to home plate, and Posada tagged out Teixeira.

In the sixth inning, Derek Jeter hit a three-run home run, Bernie Williams hit an RBI double, and Miguel Cairo smacked a two-run single to left field as the Yanks took an 11 to 10 lead. New York had staged the biggest comeback (they had done it four other times) in the history of the franchise.

Joe Torre again went to the bullpen and brought in Scott Proctor who gave up a two-run homer to Brad Wilkerson. The Rangers led 12 to 11. But in the bottom of the seventh, Jorge Posada brought in Johnny Damon on his second sac fly of the night, and the game was once again tied.

12 to 12.

Mariano Rivera entered the game in the ninth inning, but blew the tie by giving up a RBI double to Rod Barajas. The Yankees had one inning left to stage yet another comeback.

13 to 12, Rangers lead.

Johnny Damon lead the inning off with a sharp single passed the first basemen. The Texas closer, Otsuku, then retired Jeter ( who moved Damon to second) and A-Rod. Jorge Posada came to the plate with two outs and representing the last hope for the Yankees.

Ball one.

Ball two.

Ball three.

Strike one.

On a 3-1 pitch, Posada hit his second career walk-off home run and the Yankees celebrated at home plate. The game (almost four hours long) will definitely be remembered as a great Yankee classic.


  • I'm a Red Sox fan who spent the evening switching back and forth between the two games. I'll say this: Jorge Posada can take a hit. See you in October?

    By Blogger Mike, at 9:07 PM  

  • I definitely hope so... It was great to see the veteran Yankees (Jeter, Williams, and Posada) take this team on their back and lead them to victory.

    By Blogger MVB, at 7:38 AM  

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