Final in 12
7:00 PM ET, September 28, 2011
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Down by nine games in early September, down by seven runs on the final day of the season.And yet somehow, these Tampa Bay Rays made it to the playoffs.
Schoenfield: Dancing in September
Wednesday was the most shocking, unbelievable, thrilling night in baseball history, ESPN.com's David Schoenfield writes. Blog
89 Minutes To History
Four cities, two playoff spots and one epic night. Within 89 minutes, Atlanta and Boston collapsed as St. Louis and Tampa Bay completed two unimaginable comebacks.
10:26 p.m. ET -- Cardinals win 8-0
11:40 p.m. ET -- Braves lose 4-3 in 13th, are eliminated
12:02 a.m. ET -- Red Sox lose 4-3 on walk-off single in 9th
12:05 a.m. ET -- Rays win 8-7 on walk-off home run in 12th, eliminating Red Sox
• Timeline: How the night was won
-- Source: ESPN Stats and Information
Yes, You Can Call It a Comeback
The Rays and Cardinals have overcome the two largest deficits in MLB history to make the postseason, rallying past the Red Sox and Braves, respectively.
** Won World Series
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Rodriguez, scratched because of a sore right knee had his major league-record stretch of 13 straight seasons of 30 homers and 100 RBIs end. He had 16 home runs and drove in 62 runs over 99 games this year. ... Yankees GM Brian Cashman and other team officials held a second day of organizational meetings in preparation for the playoffs. Manager Joe Girardi said RHP Freddy Garcia will start Game 3 of the ALDS behind LHP CC Sabathia and RHP Ivan Nova. ... The Rays were the only team in the AL that did not score 10 or more runs in a home game this season. The last time that happened was 1976 when the Angels and Orioles didn't do it.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 9-9 (as of Wed 9/28)|
|Mon 5/16||@TB 6, NYY 5||Recap|
|Tue 5/17||NYY 6, @TB 2||Recap|
|Thu 7/7||TB 5, @NYY 1||Recap|
|Sat 7/9||@NYY 5, TB 4||Recap|
|Sun 7/10||@NYY 1, TB 0||Recap|
|Mon 7/18||NYY 5, @TB 4||Recap|
|Tue 7/19||@TB 3, NYY 2||Recap|
|Wed 7/20||NYY 4, @TB 0||Recap|
|Thu 7/21||@TB 2, NYY 1||Recap|
|Fri 8/12||TB 5, @NYY 1||Recap|
|Sat 8/13||@NYY 9, TB 2||Recap|
|Tue 9/20||@NYY 5, TB 0||Recap|
|Wed 9/21||@NYY 4, TB 2||Recap|
|Wed 9/21||@NYY 4, TB 2||Recap|
|Thu 9/22||TB 15, @NYY 8||Recap|
|Mon 9/26||@TB 5, NYY 2||Recap|
|Tue 9/27||@TB 5, NYY 3||Recap|
|» Wed 9/28||@TB 8, NYY 7||Box Score|
|Complete Schedule: Yankees | Rays|
|1st||R Cano safe at first on error by second baseman B Zobrist, C Granderson scored.||1||0|
|2nd||M Teixeira homered to left center (419 feet), E Nunez, B Laird and D Jeter scored.||5||0|
|4th||M Teixeira homered to left (373 feet).||6||0|
|5th||A Jones homered to left (404 feet).||7||0|
|8th||S Fuld walked, J Damon scored, B Zobrist to third, C Kotchman to second.||7||1|
|8th||S Rodriguez hit by pitch, B Zobrist scored, C Kotchman to third, S Fuld to second.||7||2|
|8th||B Upton hit sacrifice fly to left, C Kotchman scored.||7||3|
|8th||E Longoria homered to left (410 feet), S Fuld and S Rodriguez scored.||7||6|
|9th||D Johnson homered to right (343 feet).||7||7|
|12th||E Longoria homered to left (327 feet).||7||8|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||29,518 (86.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|
The Rays and Cardinals made historic comebacks to reach the postseason this year.[+]
Largest September Deficit Overcome to Make Postseason - MLB History
Dan Johnson's Game Tying HR with 2 outs in the 9th inning was only the 5th such home run in franchise history, and the first coming in the month of September.[+]
David Price: Season-high 6 runs allowed. It's the most runs he's allowed in any game since July 18, 2010, when he allowed 7 to the Yankees.
Mark Teixeira: 39th HR of season. Matches the second-most he's ever hit in a season (had 43 in 2005, 39 in 2009). It's his 33rd career multi-homer game, his fourth of the season.
Mark Teixeira: 7th career grand slam David Price: 1st career grand slam allowed ---- Teixeira's 2nd grand slam of the season -- only other year he had multiple grand slams was 2004 with the Rangers. ---- Teixeira was 2-for-his-last-16 vs left-handed pitching prior to that home run. --- It was Teixeira's 1st HR in 33 career AB vs Price --- Yankees: 10th grand slam of the season, tying the team record set in 1987 and tied in 2010.
From Elias: Ben Zobrist: error leads to first Yankees run. It's his first error at second base since June 27. It snapped a 65-game errorless streak at second base.
ESPN Stats & Information