Ibanez 2 HR’s Tie It, Win It For Yankees 3-2 Over Orioles In 12 [VIDEO]
Raul Ibanez hit a pinch-hit game tying homer in the bottom of the ninth, and followed it up with a walk-off blast to the second deck in right-field to lift the Yankees to a 3-2, 12 inning victory over the Orioles, to give the pinstripes a 2-1 series lead.
Manager Joe Girardi opted to pinch-hit for the struggling Alex Rodriguez with one out in the ninth against O’s closer Jim Johnson and Ibanez made the manager look like a genius, taking the AL’s regular season saves leader over the wall to the short porch in right field.
Then, leading off against lefty Brian Matusz in the bottom of the 12th, Ibanez took the first pitch he saw to the second tier in right field.
Rodriguez, who has just one hit in a dozen plate appearance this series – and seven K’s – said after the game that he had no hard feelings about getting pulled, and when asked if he’d ever been pinch-hit for, he said, ‘Maybe in high school.’
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda was strong through 8 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk.
His counterpart, Miguel Gonzalez struck out eight over seven innings of one run ball.
Johnson’s blown save was was just the fourth of the season in 55 attempts.
David Robertson (1-0) allowed one baserunner threw two innings of relief to earn the win.
Derek Jeter left the game with a bruised ankle after fouling a pitch off his foot. Jeter had two hits including an RBI-triple in the third inning that tied the game 1-1.
Phil Hughes will start of the bombers in Game 4 on Thursday night against Baltimore’s Joe Saunders.