for this game

Gardner delivers walk-off hit to give Yankees much-needed win

Aug 16, 2008 - 10:36 PM BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- After an afternoon of missed opportunities and questionable strategy, the struggling New York Yankees got a boost from an unlikely source.

Rookie Brett Gardner delivered an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning Saturday, lifting the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

It was the second walk-off hit of the season for the light-hitting Gardner, who also had the game-winner with an infield single in the 10th inning of a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on July 6.

Recalled on Friday when slumping Melky Cabrera was sent down to the minors, Gardner will be the Yankees' every-day center fielder until further notice. He had three hits Saturday, raising his average to .176.

His winning hit Saturday came after the Yankees were 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position. They did not score after loading the bases in the fourth with no outs and again in the eighth with one out.

In the ninth, an odd move by manager Joe Girardi backfired. With runners on first and second and no outs, Girardi elected not to bunt with Johnny Damon, who struck out. Derek Jeter then grounded into an inning-ending double play.

While the Yankees' offense struggled, they received a superb performance from their bullpen as six relievers combined to allow just one hit in 6 2/3 innings. Rookie David Robertson (3-0) tossed the final two frames to record the win.

New York finally broke through in the 13th against Jeff Fulchino (0-1), who was making his first appearance since June 22 after being recalled on Friday. Robinson Cano singled with out, moved up on Ivan Rodriguez's groundout and scored when Gardner slapped a single to left field.

New York, which began the day seven games behind the Boston Red Sox in the wild card race, won for only the seventh time in its last 20 contests.

Kansas City starter Zack Greinke blanked the Yankees through six innings, allowing only four hits. But the Royals unraveled in the seventh, allowing New York to erase a 2-0 deficit with a pair of unearned runs.

Alex Rodriguez reached second on a pair of errors by third baseman Alex Gordon, one on a bobble and one on the throw. Three batters later, Cano ripped an RBI triple, then scored the tying run on a wild pitch.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    KANSAS CITY 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 9 1
    NY YANKEES 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 10 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: KAN - GIL MECHE, RON MAHAY (7TH), LEO NUNEZ (7TH), JOAKIM SORIA
    (9TH) AND JOHN BUCK
    NYY - ANDY PETTITTE, EDWAR RAMIREZ (8TH), MARIANO
    RIVERA (9TH) AND JOSE MOLINA

    Aug 15 11:59 PM
  • 107
    roots
    senorpepr Added 5 roots

    Royals 4, Yankees 3  Bot 9, 0 OutsAug 15 11:55 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY MARIANO RIVERA ALLOWED ESTEBAN GERMAN TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M MAIER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    NY YANKEES 3 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M AVILES (.327, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Royals 4, Yankees 3  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 15 11:37 PM
  • 102
    roots
    RUWTbot Took away 37 roots (Close Finish)

    Royals 4, Yankees 3  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 15 11:37 PM
  • 139
    roots
    McTool Added 10 roots

    Royals 3, Yankees 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 15 11:20 PM
  • 129
    roots
    AFaust3 Added 5 roots

    Royals 3, Yankees 3  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 15 11:11 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ SCORED DEREK JETER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B ABREU ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    NY YANKEES 3 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J GIAMBI (.255, 0-FOR-3)

    Royals 3, Yankees 3  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 15 11:03 PM
  • 124
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 37 roots (Close Finish)

    Royals 3, Yankees 3  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 15 11:03 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BOBBY ABREU SCORED JOHNNY DAMON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ABREU ON FIRST, D JETER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    NY YANKEES 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: A RODRIGUEZ (.310, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Royals 3, Yankees 2  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 15 11:02 PM
  • 87
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 35 roots (Close Finish)

    Royals 3, Yankees 2  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 15 11:02 PM
  • 52
    roots
    Yankee82 Added 5 roots

    Royals 3, Yankees 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 15 10:23 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DEREK JETER SCORED JOSE MOLINA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D JETER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    NY YANKEES 1 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B ABREU (.287, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals 3, Yankees 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 15 10:20 PM
  • 47
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 42 roots

    Royals 3, Yankees 0  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 15 10:14 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY MARK TEAHEN SCORED JOHN BUCK AND
    ESTEBAN GERMAN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M TEAHEN ON SECOND, M AVILES ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    NY YANKEES 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J GUILLEN (.256, 0-FOR-0, BB, HBP)

    Royals 3, Yankees 0  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 15 10:08 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ROSS GLOAD SCORED JOSE GUILLEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A GORDON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    NY YANKEES 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J BUCK (.223, 8 HR, 39 RBI)

    Royals 1, Yankees 0  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 15 9:06 PM
  • 5
    roots
    dukerulez911 Added 5 roots

    Royals vs. YankeesAug 4 9:54 AM