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Raul Ibanez homers again, this time a walkoff, as Yankees win Game 3 of ALDS against O’s

Oct 10, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

Yankees' Ibanez hits a solo home run in front of Orioles' Wieters during Game 3 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York Reuters

Raul Ibanez is your latest Yankees playoff hero.

The 40-year-old hit a pinch-hit game-tying solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, then launched another solo homer in the bottom of the 12th as New York rallied back to defeat Baltimore by a score of 3-2 in Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. The Bombers now lead the series 2-1.

“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to come up like that,” Ibanez told Craig Sager of TBS in a quick postgame interview. “I’m a blessed man. I’m a blessed man. I get to play for the Yankees.”

The heroics from Ibanez spoiled a superb start by Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who allowed just one run on five hits over seven impressive innings while fanning eight and issuing no walks. It was his third straight dominant outing in The Bronx.

Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda was impressive in his own right, going 8 1/3 frames before being lifted for Boone Logan in the top of the ninth. The New York bullpen would shut out the O’s the rest of the way.

Game 4 will be played on Thursday. It’ll be Orioles lefty Joe Saunders vs. Yankees righty Phil Hughes.

  1. number42is1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    4th best Postseason game i have ever been to

    • vallewho - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      too bad it was on the Turd Broadcasting System. Painful to watch at times.

  2. thenoblefacehumper - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Speechless. This was magical.

    • jason9696 - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:29 AM

      Magical? More like flukey. Magical was what the A’s just did in the bottom of the 9th against the Tigers. Now that’s a team people should respect. Not the overrated and overpaid Yankees.

      • thenoblefacehumper - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:36 AM

        Hahahaha us Yankee fans LOVE to read these kinds of comments. Envy of the sports world for 100+ years and counting!

      • southofheaven81 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:42 AM

        Yeah, damn that overpaid Ibanez!

      • paperlions - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:44 AM

        Well, the didn’t become the Yankees until 1913, and they didn’t win a WS until 1923… I don’t think we are at 100 yrs yet.

      • theryanfitzmagics - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:50 AM

        This dude is clearly just an idiot.. It was def MAGICAL!!… GO YANKS!!

      • protius - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

        Dude, your team got their ass beat. Man up!

  3. randygnyc - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Jim Johnson melted. Brian Matusz is so overated it’s no longer funny.

    Ibanez singlehandedly defeated the orioles in 1 hours work.

    • jason9696 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      Your whole fvcking team is overrated. They barely won the east by a few games over a team that has less than half of your payroll in the Orioles. And you’re lucky to be up 2 games to 1 right now.

      • daisycutter1 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        Angry jason9696 is angry.

      • theryanfitzmagics - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        Boooo this man! GO YANKEES!!

      • southofheaven81 - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM


      • protius - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        Jason: Suck your thumb, fetal position, blanky.

  4. Kevin S. - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    CC’s starting on short rest? I thought they’d announced it was going to be Hughes, even if the Yanks lost tonight.

    • number42is1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      they said that CC is pitching tomorrow?

      • Kevin S. - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM

        Drew did, but that wasn’t what I’ve heard.

      • Kevin S. - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM

        And now it’s fixed.

      • number42is1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

        hehe… they do that often

      • Drew Silva - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        Sorry, dudes. Working too quickly. Over-aggressive. Not letting the game come to me.

    • RickyB - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      Smoltz merely said that CC is guaranteed to pitch again — if the Yankees win tomorrow, he goes game 1 of the LCS; if they lose, he goes in game 5.

    • chrisexv6 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:05 AM

      Did anyone catch how many times they incorrectly said on TV that “CC will be guaranteed to pitch again”?

      He’s been scheduled for Game 5 since Game 1, and after last time either team would only need 1 win to finish the series off so how is Game 5 guaranteed?

      I hated when the playoffs went to TBS.

  5. jxegh - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    A-Rod has been officially benched.

  6. cspsrbums - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Buck blew this game it should be 3-0 Os he takes pitchers out who are throwing awesome games to put Johnson in Why? Pist season is a whole new ball game finish with what’s working. This is on Buck

    • bigharold - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      You know what’s on Buck? Changing the culture of the Orioles and morphing them into winners. Getting the O’s to understand what it takes to be winners.

      He’s been integral to the development of the Yankees, D’Backs, Rangers and now the Orioles going from poor, tired door mats to playoff contender. And, sooner or later he’ll win a WS as a manager too.

      Only because he that good.

      • chrisexv6 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:07 AM

        Im a Yankees fan and even though he is managing the Orioles now, I fully agree.

      • protius - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        Bravo. Well said, big man.

    • sparky1002 - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      What a ridiculous statement. The only thing “on Buck” is a possibility he will win manager of the year, and yes, I am a Yankee fan as well.

  7. osnation - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    To say a guy (matusz) who previously has shut everyone down since going to the pen is overrated is comical in itself.

  8. gmenfan1982 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    I said last night they need to bench arod and put in Chavez. They sorta did that but had arod DH which made no sense. His fielding is fine, he just can’t hit. Man, what a game. I called it when they signed Ibanez that it would be a big payoff.

  9. rj88888 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Good move by Yankee manager

    • bigharold - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      It was a great move that took MLB cojones to pull the trigger on. Imagine the Sh*t storm that would have ensued had Ibanez grounded softly to SS.

      Giraidi is a far better manager then he’s given credit for.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

  10. cspsrbums - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Maybe if A jones doesn’t pop his bubble he catches Jeters Triple

    • bozosforall - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      “IF”s are for losers…loser.

    • paperlions - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      Jon Jay would have caught it.

  11. xmatt0926x - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Arod really looks slow and old. Forget 3 hole hitter. He shouldn’t even be playing…

  12. cspsrbums - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Oh and Yankee fans how can you get excited about a team that hasn’t earned anything they just buy players. They don’t even know how to build a team. Are next years post season tickets for sale yet in NY. That’s why Baseball is and will always be a joke NL teams fight for 5 playoff spots NL fights for 4 Go yanks how exciting.

    • vintage1496 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      Just gonna leave this right here –

    • thenoblefacehumper - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      U mad?

    • daisycutter1 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      Sure, there’s all the history, the championships, the mystique & aura, etc etc etc…but sometimes just watching how irrational people get over the Yankees makes it worth it to be a Yankee fan.

      I’m picturing cspsrbums foaming at the mouth right now.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:35 AM


    • vallewho - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      I guess your team’s players play for free…

    • vallewho - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      cspsrbums – I guess your team’s players play for free…

    • ctgirvin - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      First off, holding 27 championships and 40+ AL pennants DOES show you know how to build a team. As for buying players? Ya the Yankees do buy players to better their team just like every other team in MLB and virtually every other sport in the world you moron. I can name a dozen yankees who were brought up from the minors and have played on no other team BUT the yankees, DEREK JETER (who leads the MLB in hits currently), Mickey Mantle (7 world series), Mariano Rivera (one of the best relievers in baseball) Lou Gehrig. All amazing players who have ONLY playes for the Yankees. Remember baseball is a Business. NL is a joke.

  13. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Hey dude in stands it’s:
    RAAAUUUUULLLLL!!! Not Rahool

    Tough to root for Raul as a Yankee but pinch hitting for Gayrod and coming thru Huuuuge kinda helps a little.

    • bozosforall - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      More like dannythebisforbungburglar.

    • southofheaven81 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:43 AM

      HA! GAYrod cause he’s GAY and that’s a bad thing AMIRITEBROS?!?! *holds up hand for high five that never comes*

    • protius - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      Asshole much?

  14. txnative61 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Raul is character guy who worked hard for his success. Might be the influence of Edgar Martinez back on the Mariners, but he has steadily improved into a very dangerous hitter. Post Game he talked of being honored to play with Yankee HOFer’s, more games like this and he can chat with them in Cooperstown.

  15. mungman69 - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:59 AM

    The Yankees won, plain and simple.

  16. estecklerlhs - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    The Cardinals, the “Yankees of the National League”, and their fans certainly do not envy the Yankees. Don’t claim that they are the “Envy of the sports world.”

    • daisycutter1 - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Either way, it bothered you enough to randomly comment about it.

  17. metitometin - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Really, who cares. Is baseball done yet? Yankees just buy their way into the playoffs every year and buy up the best talent every year anyway. The whole revenue sharing thing is a joke when the Yankees payroll is far above every other team. Seriously, baseball has become a joke when you have the same teams making the playoffs year after year. Wake me up when baseball has a salary cap so that every team has the same opportunity.

  18. socalyankeejetfan - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    I have been critical of Girardi in the past for either over managing, managing too much by the book or both. But I have to give him mad props for showing the cojones to make this move…pinch-hitting for your highest-paid player, who happens to be one of the greatest players in the last 20 years…in the 9th inning of a playoff game. If I doesn’t work, he’s a complete fool, but he looks like a genius…at least for one day anyway.

  19. socalyankeejetfan - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    @metitomin- give the money thing a rest already. This season, of any since the Yankees won in 96, blows your complaint out of the water. Yes, the Yankees have the highest payroll, have forever. But, they’ve still used that to win just 1/3 of the championships over the last 15 years. But maybe you didn’t realize that only 2 of the top 10 payroll teams (the Tigers being the other) made the post-season this year, and only the Angels and Dodgers managed to finish as high as 3rd in their divisions, and that’s because 3 of the top 10 (Phillies, Mets and marlins) are all in the same division.

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