The New York Yankees, who were struggling for the better part of Wednesday afternoon's game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, dramatically defeated the Jays 9-8 on the strength of a pinch hit, walk-off two run home run by Jason Giambi.
In a game where the Yankees saw the return to the lineup of their everyday catcher Jorge Posada, the Bombers scored two runs in the first inning. The Jays evened things up on a two run homer by Matt Stairs in the top of the fourth. The Jays added five runs in the fifth with the help of an error by center fielder Melky Cabrera.
The Yanks answered in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, scoring two runs in each inning.
In the top of the ninth, Kyle Farnsworth surrendered an insurance run making the score 8-6.
In the bottom of the ninth, the magic happened in the Bronx. With two outs, Alex Rodriguez singled through the left side of the infield, and soon after took second base on defensive indifference. Hideki Matsui came up next with an RBI single, putting the Yankees within one run of tying the game.
With Matsui on first, Manager Joe Girardi went to his bench calling for Jason Giambi to pinch hit for Jose Molina, who came in as a defensive replacement for Posada.
With an 0-2 count in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Giambi murdered the ball into the upper deck in right field at Yankee Stadium, giving the Yankees a much needed walk-off win. His teammates waited for him at home plate and mobbed him as they celebrated the victory.
In some other notes, Chien-Ming Wang, the Yankees' starting pitcher, lasted only 4.1 innings, giving up an alarming seven runs (six of them earned) on five hits, walking four batters and also striking out four.
Dustin McGowan, the Jays' starter, hung in there for 5.1 innings allowing five earned runs, struck out five batters, and walked two.
Aside from Farnsworth's run, the Yankee bullpen held up. Ross Ohlendorf, Latroy Hawkins, and Jose Veras went a combined 3.2 innings allowing no runs.
Although Farnsworth did not pitch well, he picked up the win improving his record to 1-2. Jays' closer B.J. Ryan took the loss and blew his second save this year. Ryan's record now stands at 1-2.
The Yankees won the series against Toronto two games to one, and look forward to their four game set this weekend against the Kansas City Royals. Darrell Rasner (3-2, 2.67 ERA) of the Yankees will take on Kyle Davies (1-0, 1.80 ERA) of the Royals at 7:05 on Friday night.
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