I napped through four innings, but still got to see 11. The Yankees led 1-0 in the ninth, but Mariano Rivera blew it and it took six extra innings for a team to deliver with runners in scoring position. Believe me, both teams had their chances, but the Yankees prevailed.
Yankees 4, Orioles 1
Win: Hector Noesi
Loss: Jeremy Accardo
Bartolo Colon threw eight sensational innings, but Joe Girardi removed him after just 87 pitches in favor of Mo.
Hector Noesi has been with the Yankees since last Friday but hadn’t pitched until tonight. Oh what a debut it was: 4 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K. That’s a well-deserved win. Congrats to the kid.
After both teams squandered several chances to break the 1-1 tie in extras, Robinson Cano delivered a two-run double in the 15th.
Right after allowing the hit to Cano, Orioles reliever Michael Gonzalez drilled Chris Dickerson in the cheek, leaving an enormous welt. The helmet broke, but at least he wanted to stay in the game. Thank goodness he’s OK, as far as we know, and props go to home plate umpire Dan Bellino for ejecting Gonzalez immediately.
Quietly Collecting Hits:
Talk about going unnoticed. In seven at-bats, Alex Rodriguez connected for four singles, raising his batting average to .266.
Noesi. No doubt about it.