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On This Day In History | 2000

October 11, 2012
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Bernie and the Yankee core once again came up big in the postseason (NY Times)

On this day 12 years ago the Yanks won a crucial game 2 in the 2000 ALCS against the Seattle Mariners.  Freddy Garcia, John Halama and the Seattle bullpen had shutout Yankee bats for the first 16 innings of the series.  They stole home field advantage with a 2-0 victory in game 1 and appeared poised to head back to Safeco Field with a commanding 2-0 series lead as the game entered the 8th inning.

Clinging to a 1-0 lead, Seattle manager Lou Piniella called on Arthur Rhodes to preserve the margin.  David Justice began the inning with a double on a 2-2 pitch, bringing Bernie Williams to the plate, who on the 8th pitch of the at bat, in a full count, stroked the equalizer with a single to left field.  That one run seemed to break the ice as Tino Martinez followed with a single, then Posada singled in Bernie for a 2-1 edge.  Paul O’Neill followed with a sacrifice fly (3-1), Luis Sojo singled, Jose Vizcaino doubled to deep left-center (4-1), Chuck Knoblauch singled (5-1), and Derek Jeter capped the inning with a patented opposite field home run (7-1).  Their 8 hits in the inning nearly matched the 12 hits they had accumulated in the 16 prior innings of games 1 and 2.  Mariano Rivera came in for the 9th and shut down the Mariners, including a pinch hitter named Raúl Ibañez, to secure the 7-1 victory.

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