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October 21, 2012

Vizcaino celebrates his game-winning single (BleedingYankeeBlue)

In the first Subway Series game since 1956, the Yankees and Mets faced off in front of a packed Yankee Stadium.  The game pitted Andy Pettitte against Al Leiter and the two lefties kept the offense at bay through the first 5 innings.  The Yanks finally broke through in the 6th when David Justice, the ALCS MVP, doubled in Chuck Knoblauch and Derek Jeter.  The Mets didn’t take long to retaliate, scoring 3 runs in the top of the 7th to bounce Pettite from the game.

Leiter left the game after 7 strong innings and John Franco pitched a shutout 8th, leaving the Mets 3 outs away from stealing home field advantage.  Armando Benitez, loathed by Yankee fans after he plunked Tino Martinez in the back in 1998, stepped out of the bullpen.  The flame-throwing righty racked up 41 saves during the season, and looked to make the Bombers his next victim.

Jorge Posada led off the 9th with a gritty, 7-pitch at bat that ended in a fly out.  Paul O’Neill followed with one of the unsung moments of the season, fouling off a number of difficult pitches to earn a huge 10-pitch walk.  In a great call by Joe Torre, Luis Polonia was sent to the plate as a pinch hitter and singled to right field.  Luis Vizcaino then singled to load the bases with just one out.  Knoblauch dug in next and executed fundamental baseball with a sacrifice fly that scored O’Neill.  Jeter had a chance to end the game, but a strikeout sent the game into extra innings.

The Yankee bullpen continued to shine as Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 10th and Mike Stanton pitched a perfect 11th and 12th with 4 strikeouts, setting the stage for an unlikely hero to rise.  With the eccentric Turk Wendell on the mound, Tino Martinez got things started with a 1-out single, followed by a double by Posada.  O’Neill was intentionally walked to load the bases, but a Luis Sojo pop up threatened to send the game into the 13th inning, but Vizcaino, who already had 3 hits on the day, continued his hot hitting in the 9-spot with a single to left field that gave the Yanks their 13th straight World Series victory, 4-3.  The victory broke the Yankee record for consecutive World Series wins, besting the run from 1927-1932.

I was feeling pretty good at the plate tonight.  I was just happy to hit that clutch hit.

| Luis Vizcaino |

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