The Yankees fought hard vs. a more complete Red Sox. And after 12-innings, the Bronx Bombers won, in walk-off fashion, 4-3.
And Yankee fans owe a lot of that win to the moves made by skipper Joe Girardi.
As after a shaky first inning, giving up runs to Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, Phelps settled in and went a solid 5 1/3 frames. He struck out four, and walked two Red Sox, but didn’t allow another run to score.
The Yankees were down 3-1 when Girardi called on the veteran Ibanez to hit.
And hit Ibanez did, as he went deep with Granderson on base to tie the game.
Ibanez also drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning.
Can anyone say Raul to the Rescue?
Even though the Yankees won, which is all you can ask for, it does mask their perpetual issue of 2012 season. And that is stranding runners on base, which was on full display, as they left 14 in total last night. That won’t work in the postseason, as Yankee fans are well aware with after the last two seasons.
Now with the O’s winning 1-0 down in Tampa Bay, despite a 15-strikeout performance by Rays pitcher James Shields, the Yankees either need a win today, or a Baltimore lose and the AL East will be all theirs.