Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Here I Come To Save The Day

...that means that Nick Swisher is on his way.

The Yankees were down to their final two outs Wednesday; on the precipice of an embarrassing three game sweep at the hand of the Baltimore Orioles. An occurrence that hadn't happened since 1986. But have no fear, true believers (Apologies to Stan Lee), that superhero Nick Swisher came upon the scene to save the day.

With one on and one out in the bottom of the 9th, Swisher hit an opposite field 2-run HR off O's closer Koji Uehara to pull out a 3-2 Yankees win. The victory snapped the Yankees three game skid and pushed their lead over the Tampa Rays back to 2 1/2 games in the AL East. The Rays were outslugged 11-5 by the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night.

The Yankees spent much of the afternoon not able to figure out O's starter Brad Bergesen. But down 2-1 in the 9th, Alex Rodriguez singled on the first pitch he faced off Uehara. The O's closer retired Robinson Cano, but quickly fell behind Swisher 2-0. Uehara then left a fastball right down the middle for Swisher to deposit into the Orioles bullpen for a walk off game winner.

The Yankees got a strong start from Ivan Nova, who allowed a 2-run home run to Matt Wieters in the 5th, and from the pen. Joba Chamberlain (3-4) won his second game in a week after throwing a scoreless 9th inning.

The Yankees 1st run had come on a Curtis Granderson walk and RBI double by Brett Gardner. The speedster was thrown out trying to stretch the extra base hit into a triple.


Jorge Posada sat out after the Yankees feared he suffered a concussion in Tuesday's game. Tests came back negative and he's listed as day to day.

The Yankees recalled outfielder Colin Curtis from Scranton.

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