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An escape, a Russell Martin bomb and some insurance has the Yankees up 7-2 in the ninth

Oct 7, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Turn out the lights, folks. Jim Johnson had nothing, and now the Yankees sport a 7-2 lead.

11:56 PM: So many chances for both teams had gone by the wayside by the ninth inning rolled around, the last of which came in the bottom of the eighth. There the Orioles got a leadoff double from J.J. Hardy, only to have him stranded when CC Sabathia bore down and retired the heart of the O’s order — Adam Jones, Matt Weiters and Mark Reynolds — to escape the jam.

Then, to lead off the ninth, Russell Martin hit a homer off Orioles closer Jim Johnson. It’s now 4-2 in the ninth, and the Yankees aren’t done yet. Two men on and no one out.

10:19 PM: It’s now the bottom of the fifth, tied at two. The Yankees scored their second run on when Mark Teixeira singled in Alex Rodriguez in the fourth. Teixeira was thrown out trying to stretch it to two, however, shortening the inning. Two base running mistakes so far for the Bombers. You wonder if they’re gonna wish they didn’t give away those outs.

9:44 PM: The game finally got underway after a nearly two and a half hour rain delay, but the long delay worked out as we didn’t run into some awful replay of the CC Sabathia-Justin Verlander aborted start from last year.  We’re three innings and change in now, and the Orioles lead the Yankees 2-1.

The Yankees drew first blood in the first inning, with Derek Jeter singling and Ichiro doubling him in. Then Ichiro was promptly gunned down trying to steal third because someone though that was a good idea.

The Orioles came back in the third with Chris Davis and Lew Ford singling, each being advanced a base on a Robert Andino bunt and then both scoring when Nate McLouth singled them in.

After a few bumps in the first inning, Jason Hammel seems to have settled down and seems to be in something of a groove. CC Sabathia is CC Sabathia. Looks like a good one so far.

  1. randygnyc - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Baseball aside, Craig, just a personal note- I’m glad to see you’re still with us. I know you must be hurting inside. After the debate proved Clint was right, the Braves inglorious departure and the representative behavior of atlanta’s fans, it’s been a tough week for you. Just want you to know that some people are always thinking about your well being.

    • wlschneider09 - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      Baseball aside, Randy, just a personal note, I find it amazing that you can continue to come across as such a douche when (hopefully) trying to be amusing. Just want to let you know that some people think you failed.

      • protius - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        Dude, you live inside a glass douche bag, don’t throw stones.

    • approvenothing - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      I don’t understand the thumbs down, this is hilarious.

  2. randygnyc - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    It just got pretty quiet at Camden Yards——tumbleweeds–

  3. airedale1950 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    What really got quiet was the booth with the tbs crew.
    You’d think somebody just ran over the family dog the way the mood changed in there.
    Good thing the camera wasn’t on in the booth…the wringing of hands and flow of man tears would have been too much for young children to witness.

  4. randygnyc - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    As soon as Martin hit the homerun, smoltz said, “unfortunately, Johnson left that pitch up”.

    No smoltz, unfortunately, you have a job.

  5. mybrunoblog - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    My thoughts…….CC was spectacular. The Yankees and Orioles both had numerous chances to take control of the game so this one could have gone either way. Real nice evening for Yankees fans. I was impressed how loud Camden Yards was. O’s fans were pumped.
    Let’s move to game 2 folks…..

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      I was impressed how loud Camden Yards was. O’s fans were pumped.

      Even as a yanks fan, it’s good to see some new blood (O’s/Nats) in the postseason.

      • sictransitchris - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:38 AM

        Agreed. Red Sox rivalry isn’t too fun when they’re awful.

      • badintent - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:16 AM

        Please vote for Your choice for next year.

        Red Sox get HBO “hard knocks and soft wings” reality show

        Hazel Mae, Dice-K and Kim Kardashian do a threesome in the Sox shower , Vivid sells the tape
        Soap Oprah TV show based on SOX ownership and management.
        Dodgers win NL with great years from former Sox players.
        Trump buys Fenway, turns it into a circus( Oxymoron )

  6. pisano - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    While the Yankees strike out a lot, and leave a ton of guys on base, they also hit a lot of bombs, and at any given time, as we saw tonight they can explode, anyone in that line-up can hurt you at any given at bat.

  7. cur68 - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Know what’s more terrifying than Russell Nathan Jeanson Coltrane Martin, Jr? Knowing that there’s a Russell Nathan Jeanson Coltrane Martin, Sr out there.

  8. uyf1950 - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:45 AM

    Russell Martin has saved his best offense of the year for September and beyond. If anyone had asked me in July or August if that were possible I’d have had to say, no way. But I would be wrong. Looks like Girardi was right for sticking with him. Could be now he might even be with the Yankees going forward maybe even past 2013. I guess we’ll see.
    Anyway it’s good to be up 1-0 with Andy on the mound Monday for the Yankees. Postseason win #20 would be very nice come the end of the night.

  9. ericellers - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    TBS coverage…I actually turn down the sound and listen to John and Suzanne on 880 am. I know I know, those two crack me up though!

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