By Brad Carroll
In this roller-coaster season for the New York Yankees it was only fitting they stayed in the wild card race in a game that had them getting no-hit into the eighth inning and then winning that same game when down 4-2 on the power of a three-run, walk-off home run by a player the offensively-challenged New York Mets didn't even want.
Chris Young, who the Mets released earlier this season, first broke up Chris Archer's no-hit bid with a double one out into the bottom of the eighth. He came around to score on a Martin Prado home run that made it 4-2 heading into the ninth. The Yankees put runners on second and third with nobody out in the ninth against Rays closer Jake McGee when Young blasted the Yankees to a series victory.
It was a turn of events only the Yankees captain could have predicted, as Derek Jeter said in the dugout the Yankees would score two in the eighth and three in the ninth to win. He was right and the Yankees remain in the postseason heading into a series with the Baltimore Orioles starting tonight.
The last time the Yankees had this big of a momentum-creating victory, one week prior against the Red Sox when Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley homered in the ninth inning to tie and then beat Koji Uehara and the Red Sox, they turned around and lost three of their next four games. If the Yankees do the same this time around, the season really will be over.
The Athletics own the top wild card spot by one game over the Tigers, who hold the final playoff spot. The Tigers lead the Mariners by a half-game, the Blue Jays and Indians by 3.5 games and the Yankees by four games.
Today, the Yankees somehow need to sweep a day-night doubleheader against the Orioles. It's asking a lot to take two from the AL East leaders, but that's the position the Yankees have put themselves in with 18 games to play. At the very least, the Yankees need to split the two games and then win the final two over the weekend.
For scoreboard watching, the Yankees need the Athletics to beat the Mariners, as it will be easier to catch Seattle than Oakland over the final three weeks. They also need the Indians to beat the Tigers and the Rays to beat the Blue Jays.