Walk-Off Wednesday: Orioles Beat the Yanks in 11 innings
By Mike Franz
Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
The Baltimore Orioles are known for magical walk-off moments each season in Camden Yards. The 2014 season was no exception to this. On September 12th, the Orioles and New York Yankees squared off in a double-header. In Game 1, fans were treated to an extra-inning thriller as the Birds defeated the Yanks 2-1 in 11 innings.
The game became a pitcher’s duel very early on with Brandon McCarthy on the mound for New York and Kevin Gausman pitching for Baltimore.
Both pitchers went seven complete innings. Gausman fanned eight and allowed seven hits in his outing, while McCarthy struck out six and allowed four hits when he was on the mound for the visiting team.
New York was threatening in the top of the sixth inning with bases loaded and two outs. Gausman, however, ended that threat as he got J.R. Murphy to fly out to left field in foul ground. After Andrew Miller came in for relief in the top of the eighth inning and struck out the side, the Orioles had a scoring threat of their own.
After Kelly Johnson hit a ground-rule double to right field, Nick Hundley bunted him over to third on the sacrifice bunt. After Johnson was thrown out at home on a ground ball to second base, the Orioles had runners on first and second with two outs. A walk to Alejandro De Aza loaded the bases for Adam Jones. New York knew the pitch to throw and threw a slider low and away to strike out Jones and end the inning.
The game remained scoreless after nine innings and headed to extras. In the top of the 11th inning, New York’s Chris Young hit a towering home run into the left field stands to give the Yankees the 1-0 lead.
With a runner on second, J.J. Hardy was hit by a pitch to put the winning run on first base. After Johnson struck out, Clevenger worked for a walk to load the bases for a third time in the game for Baltimore. Jimmy Paredes pinch hit for Jonathan Schoop and was given the task of getting a base hit.
Paredes came out firing and connected on the first pitch he saw. He drove the ball into right field and just snuck it inside the foul line. Hardy came around third to score the winning run, as the Orioles defeated the Yankees in Game 1 of the double-header, 2-1.
After the game, Paredes was lucky and did not receive the signature pie in the face from Jones during the post-game interview.