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Mariano Rivera blows seventh save, but Yankees win on walk-off wild pitch

Sep 8, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

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The four-game series against the Red Sox has been a nightmare for the Yankees, but it has mercifully ended on a good note for the Bronx Bombers. With his team leading 3-2 in the ninth inning, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera surrendered a lead-off game-tying solo home run to Will Middlebrooks, his seventh save of the season. Rivera had blown seven or more saves just twice previously in his career: seven in 2001, and nine in 1997.

Fortunately for Rivera, the Yankees were able to manufacture a walk-off victory against Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman. With one out, Ichiro Suzuki singled to center, then promptly stole second base. Vernon Wells flied out to right for the second out of the inning, but Suzuki tagged and went to third base. On the first pitch to Alfonso Soriano, Workman threw a 94 MPH fastball neck-high over the plate to Alfonso Soriano. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, positioned to catch the pitch low and away, couldn’t grab it and the ball sailed to the backstop and caromed towards the first base side, allowing Suzuki to saunter home for the walk-off victory.

The Yankees were on the verge of suffering a four-game series sweep at the hands of their bitter rival. Despite scoring eight runs or more in each of the past three games, the Yankees’ pitching could not get the job done. Rivera blew his sixth save on Thursday, the entire bullpen imploded on Friday, and starter David Huff was tagged for nine runs yesterday.

With the Rays in progress, the Red Sox temporarily drop to eight games ahead in first place in the AL East, and the Yankees move to two games behind them for the second Wild Card.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    If Mariano is going to pitch like he has this series against the Sox, I would love to see him return.

    Come on man, you’re a legend. The team NEEEEEDS you.

  2. flamethrower101 - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    You failed to mention Bill that Mo was being used for 2 innings. Clearly that says something about the complete lack of trust Girardi had in the rest of their bullpen. That should a slap in the face to the likes of Joba and Hughes – to Girardi they are so terrible he’d rather burn his 43-year old closer for 2 innings than risk losing the game w/ one of them. Today it worked but just barely.

    • 18thstreet - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      I don’t blame Girardi for the lack of trust in the other relievers. I blame the other relievers for being terrible, David Robertson’s injury (just one of those things that happen), and Brian Cashman for not preparing for this scenario. Cashman should have traded for a reliever by parting with one of the Yankees’ prospects, such as, uh …

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        Logan, Robertson, and Kelley have made up one of the best relief corps this year, and they all were either overused and/or injured this weekend. It wasn’t an intentional choice to have to go to Joba/Hughes/Clairborne in tough spots this series.

    • nbjays - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      Not so much a slap in the face as a kick in the ass. Those two need to get their shit together… just not until next season.

      • pisano - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:41 AM

        Both those inept so called pitchers will be hurting a different team next year, you can bank on that.

  3. disgracedfury - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Mariano Rivera might blow a save against the Red Sox but they can’t and haven’t walked off on him.His 7 blown saves are a lot but two were walk offs and came the same day he threw out a ceremonial first pitch.

    5 of his blown saves the Yankees were tied going to extra innings and they had a chance to still win.Thats no different than a starter giving up allot of runs in a start and grinding out a win.

    Mo will lbow the save but won’t give up the lead.

    • js20011041 - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      A blown save, by default, means that you’ve given up the lead. I’m assuming you mean he doesn’t leave the game with the Yankees trailing?

    • tfbuckfutter - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Did you just blame throwing ceremonial first pitches for two of his his blown saves?

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        C’mon, don’t you know how strenuous ceremonial first pitches can be?

    • butchhuskey - Sep 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Huh? Are you saying blowing a save doesn’t count if the Yankees bail Mo out and eventually get the win? Because if you are then I don’t follow your logic.

    • Glenn - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Did you catch the end of the 2004 season and the beginning of 2005?

    • ILoveBaseball - Sep 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Yah. The Red Sox “Can’t” but the mighty Mets DID on May 28 this year.

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