Leftovers from Saturday’s wild victory
The Yankees’ 10-9, 14-inning victory over the Athletics Saturday at Yankee Stadium was not only startling but also historic. It marked only the second time in franchise history that the Yanks overcame a four-run deficit in extra innings.
They matched the Athletics with four runs in the 13th and scored the winner in the next inning. The only other time it occurred was Sept. 17, 1980 against the Blue Jays at the Stadium when the Yankees trailed by four runs in the 10th and won, 8-7, in 13. Credit research to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Yankees’ four-run 13th was their highest run total in an extra inning since Sept. 24, 2008 (four runs in the top of the 10th of a 6-2 victory at Toronto) and their most in the 13th inning or later since May 17, 2002 (four in the 14th in a 13-12 victory over the Twins on a walk-off grand slam by Jason Giambi). Game time for that one was 5 hours, 45 minutes. Saturday’s duration of 5:43 was the Yanks’ longest since then.
Saturday’s walk-off victory was the second straight for the Yankees, a first since May 15-17, 2009 when they won three such games in a row against the Twins. It was also the Yankees’ first walk-off victory on an error (by Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss) since June 12, 2009 when Mets second baseman Luis Castillo infamously dropped a popup by Alex Rodriguez as Mark Teixeira scored the winning run
Friday, Russell Martin’s 10th-inning solo home run was a winning blow, the first extra-inning walk-off homer for the Yankees since Aug. 8, 2009, a three-run shot by Robinson Cano against the White Sox.
The Yankees won the first two games of this series in 10 and 14 innings. They are 5-3 in extras this year, surpassing their victory total from 2011 when they were 4-12. They had lost their five prior extra-inning home games dating to June 2011. The Yanks have had two 14-inning games this season (also a 5-3 victory June 16 at Washington, D.C., their most in a season since 2002 when they had three such games.
Raul Ibanez hit two home runs – a go-ahead solo shot as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning and a game-tying, two-run blow in the 13th – after having gone 71 previous at-bats without a homer. He was the first Yankees player to enter a game as a pinch hitter and homer at least twice in the game since Steve Balboni May 23, 1990 at Minnesota. Ibanez became the first Yankees player to hit a game-tying or go-ahead homer in extra innings since Rodriguez’s two-run walk-off homer Aug. 7, 2009 against the Red Sox.