Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lind's Ninth Inning Error Helps Yankees Beat Blue Jays in Opener

Shane Greene threw 6 2/3 shutout innings and Adam Lind committed a fielding error with the go-ahead run at third in the ninth tonight as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays in walk-off fashion, 3-2, beginning this homestand nicely. 

For most of this one, as expected, the Yanks struggled pretty mightily against Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (6 IP, 2 ER), not reaching second through the knuckleballer's first 4 2/3 frames while recording just a couple of singles.

Still, after Chase Headley, who hit the ball that Lind misplayed, worked a walk and Stephen Drew doubled him home with two outs in the bottom of the fifth New York had a quick 1-0 lead, something Greene really ran with during his dominant performance.

Indeed, the rookie right-hander looked great again in this contest, surrendering just three hits and two walks while striking out six in a nearly-perfect outing.

Add on to those numbers a nice solo home run by Derek Jeter in the sixth and an easy W seemed certain going into the top of the eighth, an at-bat in which the Jays would suddenly tie the score when Jose Bautista took Shawn Kelley deep for a two-run shot.

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