ALDS Game 3 Live Blog: Ibanez Hits Game-Tying, Winning Homers
Raul Ibanez joined a history of New York Yankees postseason heroes by hitting a ninth-inning home run to tie the Orioles, 2-2, during Game 3 of the American League Division Series and then hit the game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the 12th.
The Yankees now have a 2-1 series advantage and are one win away from eliminating the Orioles.
The stunning 3-2 victory for the host Yankees came at the expense of reliever Brian Matusz in the 12th. In the ninth, Ibanez pinch hit for Alex Rodriguez and hit a solo home run to tie the game. It came against Baltimore closer Jim Johnson, who has had two late-game meltdowns during this series. The Orioles were just two outs from claiming the victory and going up, 2-1, during the series.
The Orioles and Yankees will play again tomorrow in New York. Known for the ability to bounce back from adversity, the Orioles will need to respond Thursday.
An inning after blowing a bases-loaded situation, the Orioles jumped up, 2-1, on the Yankees in the fifth thanks to Manny Machado's solo home run to left field.
Leading the way for the Orioles was starter Miguel Gonzalez, who was 2-0 during the regular season in Yankee Stadium. Through seven innings, Gonzalez struck out eight batters and gave up five hits. It was the kind of heroic performance the Birds needed to silence Yankee fans.
Machado's blast opened up the fifth inning off Hiroki Kuroda, stunning the crowd in New York.
Derek Jeter tied the game at 1 with an RBI triple during the third inning. Center fielder Adam Jones had trouble tracking the deep shot and had to get the ball off the bounce on the fence. By that time, Jeter was rounding second.
An unlikely player put the Orioles up, 1-0, against the Yankees as Ryan Flaherty hit a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the third inning. Flaherty, a second baseman who batted .216 during the season, hit the soaring shot off Yankee pitcher Kuroda.
Posted Oct. 10, 2012 (updated 11:15 p.m.)