St. Petersburg, Fla – Joe Girardi was being debriefed by reporters in his office after one of the Yankees’ most remarkable games in this amazing season, going through the list of contributions made by various players after the eighth inning.
There were, in no particular order, Lyle Overbay’s 11th-inning home run and Brennan Boesch’s two-out double in the ninth inning and the subsequent run he scored to tie the game, all on about three hours of sleep.
“There so many big things that happened in this game today to give us an opportunity to win that game,”Girardi said.
Trailing by 3-1 in the ninth, the Yankees were down to their last strike against Fernando Rodney, the Rays’ closer. But Overbay drew a two-out walk on a full count, bringing Boesch to the plate as a pinch-hitter. Boesch had only been recalled to the club Saturday morning because Curtis Granderson sustained a broken bone in his left hand the night before.
Boesch found out at about 11 p.m. that he would be returning.
When he arrived at Tropicana Field, he bore a nasty contusion on his right leg, a result, he said, of sliding on hard minor league infields. Boesch laced a double to left field against Rodney, scoring Overbay. He would then score on Gardner’s two-strike hit to center, but not before sliding again on the same spot.
When he didn’t arrive at his locker until about 40 minutes after the game, Boesch was asked if he had been getting treatment on the leg.
“No, I was eating,” he said. “I hadn’t eaten anything all day. I’ve just been in there crushing food.”
Brennan Boesch, scoring the tying run in the ninth ahead of a tag by Tampa Bay catcher Jose Lobaton.