Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeter Drives in Three, Walks Off With Single in Last Home Game Win

Derek Jeter capped off a three-RBI performance with a bottom-of-the-ninth single and Hiroki Kuroda gave up just two earned runs in 8 innings of work tonight as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 6-5, in the former's final home game.

In this victory, which clinched a winning season for the Yanks, Jeter went 2-for-5, knocking in the team's first run in the first with a double before scoring a tying run on a Brian McCann groundout.

Despite that good start, though, things did remain in a draw this evening until the bottom of the seventh, when a Jeter fielder's choice with the bases loaded, a J.J. Hardy throwing error, and a deep sac fly by McCann gave New York a three-run lead.

Now when that happened, considering Kuroda was in the midst of a sixteen-straight retired streak and David Robertson was due to pitch Baltimore's half of the ninth, this one looked over, and with it the Pinstripe part of the Captain's career.

Nonetheless, after Adam Jones clocked a two-run shot into left field's upper deck and Steve Pearce followed him with another blast two batters later the Yankees found themselves even with another at-bat about to take place, one that'd soon prove to be memorable.

Because in that frame, Jose Pirela led off with a single before his Pinch Runner, Antoan Richardson, took second on a sac bunt, bringing Jeter to the plate for what would be the last time, with #2 lacing the first Evan Meek offering he got into right for a walk-off hit. On the play, which involved a strong throw home by Nick Markakis, Richardson actually had to dive head first, but since he still got in without a tag the knock will definitely be immortalized, even if a relatively-large advantage had to be blown just for it to happpen.

1 comment:

Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)