Saturday, July 6, 2013
Another Walk-Off Win
Jim Johnson's blown save was the his sixth of the season and second against the Yankees. His first blown save versus the Yankees came in Baltimore in May when Travis Hafner hit a home run in the ninth to tie the game. Tonight, the inning began innocently with a base hit by a struggling David Adams followed by an error by Johnson on a ground ball from Brett Gardner. Ichiro bunted both runners into scoring position. Buck Showalter was not going to let Robinson Cano beat him, so as any other manager would do in that situation, he had Johnson walk Cano to face Travis Hafner as a potential double play candidate. However, Johnson lost the strike zone with Hafner at the plate and walked him to force David Adams in from third base. Another forgotten man in the personality of Vernon Wells came through with a ground ball that snuck through the 5.5 hole to score Brett Gardner, winning the game for the Yankees and gaining yet another game in the standings on the Baltimore Orioles.
The game featured many forgotten men coming through in big moments, beginning with Ivan Nova and ending with Nova and Wells. Baseball is perhaps the most unpredictable sport because anyone can get a hit at any moment, regardless of his past or current state of play. Vernon Wells came through on the offensive side while Ivan Nova showed the Yankees that he is still the pitcher who won sixteen games in his rookie campaign.
Tomorrow afternoon, Chris Tillman will pitch against the Yankees for the second time in less than a week after earning a dominant win against the Bombers in Baltimore. Andy Pettitte will be on the mound for the Yankees. Pettitte is due to make a quality start as his last few have been disappointing which lowered his season record at 5-6 with a somewhat inflated ERA.