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New York Yankees Top Oakland Athletics 10-9 in 14 Inning Slugfest

September 22nd, 2012 at 11:54 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

The New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics for the second straight day in extra innings, with a 10-9 victory on Saturday. The winning run came for New York in the bottom of the 14th inning as Eduardo Nunez reached base safely because of an error which allowed Ichiro Suzuki to score from third base.

'Eduardo Nunez' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

With both teams competing for playoff spots, the game had a lot of importance, as both teams fought until the very end. 

Oakland took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but New York answered in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead. 

After a few more lead changes, the Athletics would score four runs in the 13th inning to take a promising 9-5 lead. However, the Yankees fought back and tied the game with a four-run rally in the bottom of the inning. 

In the following inning, the Yankees put together one more rally to bring in the game-winning walk off run. 

A few of the key players to New York's scoring outburst were Raul Ibanez, Ichiro Suzuki, and Alex Rodriguez. Ibanez did not enter the game until the fifth inning, but went 3-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI. Suzuki continued his red-hot hitting, going 3-5 with a home run, two walks, and three runs scored. A-Rod reached base five times as well, going 3-6 with two walks and three runs scored. 

Ivan Nova started the game for New York, but pitched just two and a third innings after giving up five hits, two walks, and three runs.

Getting the win for the Yankees was reliever Corey Wade, who was the ninth pitcher to enter the game for New York. Wade is now 1-1 this season after pitching a perfect 14th inning. 

The Yankees and Athletics will play Sunday at 1:05 PM ET as the Yankees will look to sweep the Athletics and improve their chances of making the playoffs. 

Tags: Baseball, Eduardo Nunez, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Raul Ibanez

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