Lots of FREE BASEBALL was played Tuesday night as three games went into extra innings, including the New York Yankees debut of Chase Headley, acquired in a trade earlier in the day from the San Diego Padres.
Neither team scored for 12 innings, but the Yankees finally beat the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the 14th when Headley singled in the winning run for a 2-1 victory at Yankee Stadium. Headley had arrived in the home dugout to shake hands with new teammates in the top of the second inning after his flight landed at LaGuardia Airport about a half-hour before the first pitch.
Not long after that, Leonys Martin made a circus catch in the outfield to rob Brian McCann and help keep the game scoreless until the 13th inning, when J.P. Arencibia hit a solo homer to put the Rangers ahead. The Yankees blew several opportunities to put the game away sooner, but they tied the score in the bottom of the 13th and won in the 14th when Headley singled against Nick Tepesch to score Brian Roberts. Headley had been inserted as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and finished 1 for 4.
''A little chaotic. Awesome, though,'' said Headley, acquired from San Diego in an afternoon trade. ''Mixed emotions, but I couldn't be happier.''
Sounds like he's a Yankee, all right.
LINCECUM GETS A SAVE: San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he was one more inning from using outfielder Tyler Colvin on the mound. Not necessary, thankfully for the Giants, who came away with a 9-6 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies after Brandon Crawford hit a three-run, bases-clearing double with two outs in the 14th inning.
In the ninth, Buster Posey connected against Jonathan Papelbon for a home run that tied the score 5-all.
And that wasn't all. Right-hander Tim Lincecum made his second career relief appearance, and first since 2008, getting the final two outs for his first career save after reliever George Kontos started to run out of gas.
Colvin also would have been going for his first save.
''I asked him if he had pitched before and he mentioned high school,'' Bochy said.
HOES IT GOING? The Oakland Athletics missed a chance to get 25 games over .500 after L.J. Hoes of the Houston Astros hit a solo home run in the 12th inning, lifting his team to a 3-2 victory. The Astros are 19 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West, but they've won three in a row against the A's, who have the best record in the league. You see? It's OK for the Astros to have nice things, too. It's also OK for Hoes' mom to have nice things.
From the Associated Press:
Earlier in the day, Hoes' mother, Gale, asked her son to hit a home run for her as she celebrated her birthday.
''It's a really good feeling considering it was my mom's birthday, and that was the last thing she told me to do, to get a homer for her,'' Hoes said. ''To be able to do that for her was a special thing.''
And there it went, Lucroy's second home run of the game. An All-Star for the NL, Lucroy came in batting .164/.254./.309 in July. Not so good, Al.
"To be honest with you, the last couple of weeks have been kind of tough for making solid contact, but I'm glad to help the team out, contribute and get it done tonight," Lucroy said. "Hopefully, it's a sign of things to come. If we can keep playing this good, if guys keep pitching this good and we keep getting big at-bats, we'll get the job done."
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