What. A. Mess. That’s all I can really say after the Yankees 4-1 win over the Orioles tonight. In a game that featured a Bartolo Colon eight inning masterpiece, a Mariano Rivera blown save, 31 total runners left on base, a Chris Dickerson cracked helmet, AJ Burnett running the bases, and Jeremy Gutherie (Thursday’s starter) coming in, in-relief, the Yankees finally prevailed, pushing their record to 22-19. There’s so much to get to with this game, so let’s gooo.

Big Bart Dealing

 

Recap

I’m going to just break the game down into sections because there’s so much to get through.

First 8.5 innings

Great baseball. The Yankees scored in the fourth inning on a Nick Swisher sac-fly that was set up a pitch before by an errant Britton pick-off attempt to second base that allowed A-Rod to move to third.

Bartolo Colon was absolutely dealing tonight. The big righty struck out eight and gave up three hits over eight innings. He only had 87 pitches after eight innings, so the move to Mariano surprised no one.

Bottom of the 9th

Mo blew his third save of the year as he allowed Vlad Guerrero to hit a sac fly, scoring Adam Jones to knot the game at 1. It’s just disappoint for Bartolo that he couldn’t pick up the win after such a dominating performance.

Bottom of the 11th

Boone Logan came on in the eleventh inning in relief of Luis Ayala with the bases loaded and one out. Logan struck out Luke Scott and got Matt Wieters to fly out to right. Big time moment for Logan and he prevailed to push it to the 12th.

Bottom of the 12th

Hector Noesi came on in relief of Logan. Noesi pulled his one Houdini act, getting Nick Markakis to ground out to him with bases loaded and two outs in the frame. Noesi would go on to pitch the next three innings of the game.

Top of the 13th

Arugably the most frustrating inning for the Yankees. After back-to-back singles by Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira to start off the frame, A-Rod struck out, Cano was intentionally walked, Dickerson struck out, and Brett Gardner grounded out to end the inning. With runners on the corners with no out, the Yankees have to cash in.

Bottom of the 13th

May have been the puzzling frame of the game. Matt Wieters was at second base with two outs. JJ Hardy (who was 0 for 5) stepped to the plate and Joe Girardi chose to intentionally walk in in favor of Mark Reynolds. Noesi struck out Reynolds to end the frame. Reynolds is the classic example of a ‘boom or bust’ hitter and he busted in this at-bat.

Top of the 15th

The inning of promise. Teix and A-Rod led off with back-to-back hits. The Orioles brought in lefty, Mike Gonzalez for Cano and Cano ripped the first pitch he saw for a double, plating both runners. Gonzalez drilled Dickerson in the head with the next pitch, getting ejected from the contest. Dickerson was shook up and left the game. The Orioles summoned Thursday’s starter, Jeremy Gutherie to get the final three outs and the Yankees sent AJ Burnett out to run the bases. After watching Chien Ming Wang break his foot running the bases three years ago, I was just praying that Burnett would just lay down in the base path and avoid harm. Burnett came away unscathed. Gardner hit a sac fly, plating Cano, giving the Yankees a 4-1 advantage.

Final Thoughts

This game was out of control. Anything that could have been bizarre, was bizarre in this game. Unorthodox pinch runners, empty bullpens, 31 runners left on base, Noesi got his first Major League win, and the ‘Washed-Up’ combo of A-Rod and Jeter went 6 for 14 in the game. It’s anyone’s guess who the O’s will send out to the mound tomorrow, but Big Poppa (who is 9-1 with a 3.01 ERA at Camden Yards) is on the bump.

Thursday, 7:05 PM, YES: CC Sabathia (3-3, 3.06 ERA) vs. TBA