09/19: Yankees Rally For Four Runs In Eighth And Mo Holds On For Save

Posted by: David
The Yankees were held scoreless for 16 innings and it looked like they would be shutout for the second night in a row. However, they erupted in the 8th inning for four runs. The rally was started by newcomer Brendan Ryan who doubled down the left field line to start the inning. Curtis Granderson followed with a single to left moving Ryan to third. A-Rod struck out for the first out. After that, Cano singled for the first run, Soriano doubled to score another and Vernon Wells doubled to score two and give the Yankees the lead at 4-3.

David Robertson came in for the eighth and got two outs but then let a man get on first. The Yankees pitched out, but the throw was weak and the Blue Jays had the potential tying run at second. Girardi pulled Robertson with a 1-0 count and called on Rivera.

Rivera was able to retire Brett Lawrie on a weak grounder to second to end the 8th inning.

The Yankees were not able to add any insurance and Mo had to get three more outs to preserve the Yankee win.

Adam Lind singled up the middle and Colby Rasmus followed with a hard single to right and Toronto was set up with 2 runners on and none out. Kawasaki pinch hit and tried to move the runners up with a bunt. He did bunt but Overbay fielded the ball quickly and forced Lind at third for the first out. Goins grounded out to second with the runners moving up and Mo needed one more out. J.P. Arencibia pinch hit and Mo struck him out on three pitches to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 44th in 51 save opportunities on the season. He now has 652 career saves. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.25.


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