So I can admit that I had absolutely no idea what to write about for my 1:00 slot, right? Can I also admit that I forgot I actually had the 1:00 slot today until 11:59 a.m.? Okay, now that I've let that out, on to the subject of the post which is a game from 15 years ago today! Is this a significant game? Not really, but I like to look back at 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago to see if I can find interesting boxscores and this one was pretty amazing.
The 19-8 Yankees were facing off against the 15-13 Orioles at Yankee Stadium on a warm Friday evening. El Duque was making the start for the Yanks while Scott Erickson took the mound for the O's.
Here are your starting lineups:
It was one of those back and forth games. The Yankees scored three in the bottom of the first, the O's scored one in the bottom of the second and two in the bottom of the third to tie the game. After not allowing the Orioles to score in the top of the fourth, the Yankees scored two in the bottom half of the frame to go up 5-3.
Also happening in the top of the fifth, eight protestors with Puerto Rican flags ran onto the field with one making his way to Bernie Williams and handing him a placard. At the time, the U.S. Navy had a bombing range on the island of Vieques which is off the coast of Puerto Rico and many protests were happening around the county because of a federal raid the previous day (5/4/00) that swept over 200 protesters from the island. The game was delayed 10 minutes in order to remove all of the protestors from the field. The last guy actually had to be taken away by four guards alone.
After order was finally restored, the game resumed but it took until the bottom of the seventh for the Yankees to score again. It was Williams who hit a three-run home run tie the game at eight.
The Orioles wasted no time in the top of the eighth and scored yet again. Delino DeShields hit an RBI double and Surhoff hit a sac fly to put the Orioles up 10-8.
It was 10-8 going into the bottom of the ninth when the second batter, Paul O'Neill, hit a home run to cut the Orioles' lead to one. Williams followed up with a single and Tino Martinez walked to put two on for Jorge Posada who hit the first pitch he saw from B.J. Ryan into the seats to win the game for the Yankees.
Jeff Nelson got the win and Ryan the loss. With all of that scoring and with the delay in the fifth, the game only took 3:26 to complete.
Some fun facts:
- The teams combined for 30 hits and six home runs.
- The Orioles overcame leads of 3-0 and 5-3 only to have their bullpen blow leads of 8-5 and 10-8.
- At the time, it was the Yankees' fifth win a row and their third victory in which they trailed after eight innings.
- And even more amazing considering what happened in the top of the fifth, Puerto Rican natives Posada, Williams and Ricky Ledee had 10 of the Yankees' 16 hits that night.