Some O’s post-game quotes after their 4-3, 11-inning win over the Yankees in a game they trailed 3-1 heading to the last of the eighth.
It’s just the Yankees second loss all year when leading after eight innings and they are now 77-2 in those situations. The Orioles are now 3-79 when trailing after eight frames.
Luke Scott’s homer in the ninth off Mariano Rivera was just the second he has allowed this year. The other was vs. Minnesota’s Jason Kubel on May 16. Scott had been 1 for 12 vs. Rivera. It was the O’s first homer off Rivera since Nolan Reimold hit his first Major League homer against him on May 20, 2009.
The Orioles came up with their 12th walk-off win of the year and sixth since Buck Showalter became manager.
Quotes are from Luke Scott, Mike Gonzalez and Chris Tillman.
Scott - Was this one of your biggest homers of the year?: “Yeah, considering the situation. Best closer that’s ever taken the mound. An experience I’ll never forget. It was a lot of fun vs. a really good team.
“He’s (Rivera) only thrown me one full ball on the plate, instead of being on the corner or just off. I think I’m up to three in 12 or 13 at bats. That’s pretty impressive.”
Scott - The importance of winning today: “It was big. We played them tough the first game and it was a game we should have won. To their credit, one of the best hitters ever to play got a pitch and didn’t miss it. Today, we showed we are capable of doing the same thing.
“It’s a great win anytime you come from behind on a pitcher like Mariano Rivera. That says something. It’s a good day.”
Gonzalez - On regrouping to get out of the 11th after his throwing error put a man on third with no outs: “Your back is against the wall. You got a man on third, no outs. Truthfully, when I saw them get Pena out of there and put in Thames, he’s a better strikeout candidate than Pena is. It kind of went to my advantage when I saw that.
“You walk those next two guys (Teixeira & Jeter), I obviously felt that I could get them out. But, you know, you have to go with the mindset of what the manager is thinking. You never want to put guys on, you think you can get them, but we got the double play.”
Gonzalez - On getting a 5-4-3 double play vs. Lance Berkman: “B-Rob turns those things like it’s no big deal. But the patience that Bell had. Waiting and making a perfect throw, him being a rookie, a lot of guys won’t do that.”
Tillman on his struggles and six walks: “I’ve never had that problem before in my life. I’m going to go out there and get back to work. It came down to making my pitch and that last inning, I didn’t do it. Early in the count it was being too fine, confidence didn’t have anything to do with it.
“It is frustrating, but I’m not going to read into it too much. I’ll get back to work tomorrow and my side session the next day.
“Everything out of my hand felt read good today. I think, I was fighting myself to stay back, I missed up in the zone for the most part. It’s just a matter of something small, I have to stay back a little more.”
The Orioles are now 13-3 and the Yankees 5-6 in extra frames. The O’s have won 8 straight extra-innings games and are 7-1 in their last eight vs. the AL East in extra innings. The O’s are 10-1 on the year at home in extra innings and they lead the Majors in extra inning wins.
Overall, the Orioles have now won 10 of 14 and 14 of their past 21 games. They are 27-17 under Buck Showalter.