Not only did Ibanez hit the tying home-run, but he also went on to hit the winning long-ball in the bottom of the 12th inning.
And also, big props to starter Hiroki Kuroda who dazzled on the mound as remember Ibanez would not have been able to do anything without Kuroda’s performance.
Now, if you were listening to the game on TBS last night it was clear whom the announcers were rooting for. But what can you expect when the trio includes Cal Ripken (aka Mr. Oriole himself), and John Smoltz, who did wear a Boston uniform for a short time in his career but enough said.
I mean did TBS think that negative + negative would cancel out all that pent-up Yankee hate between the two?
Well it didn’t as the amount of times the two mouthed off on the broadcast about how good the O’s had been in one-run and extra inning situations over the regular season got out-of-hand.
There is no denying that the two were speaking the truth, as the O’s did post a 16-2 record in extra inning games and 29-9 in one-run games.
What wasn’t mentioned was that Baltimore’s two loses in extra innings happen to be against the Yankees; and don’t forget that O’s closer Jim Johnson, who saved 51 games during the regular season, has been the pitcher responsible for both Yankee wins in the ALDS, so what gives here?
Well plain and simple is that Ibanez’s stats in tied games, as pinch hitter, and as a pinch hitter for the DH during the regular season came up bigger last night.
Have a look at Ibanez’s stats in these situations for yourself (stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com):
|as PH for DH||5||5||2||4||1||0||1||3||0||0||0.800||0.800||1.600||2.400||8|
So, maybe the next time the TBS boys might want to remember that there are two teams on the field with remarkable stats and that their O’s time came to a head in Game 3 in the Bronx last night.
And also Yankee fans cannot forget who the biggest cheerleader in the dugout was for Raul Ibanez when he hit the tying homer…. and that would be Alex Rodriguez.
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth