The Yankees created their 14th walkoff victory and 34th come-from-behind victory Wednesday night, overcoming a 4-2 deficit with a 2-run homer by Hideki Matsui and a walk-off RBI single by backup catcher Francisco Cervelli to win 5-4 against Toronto.
A day after the bench clearing brawl that saw catcher Jorge Posada and Blue Jays pitcher Carlson fined and suspended three games each, the two teams faced off for the final time in 2009. Posada and Carlson each agreed to not appeal the suspensions and MLB dropped them from 4 games to 3 games. Posada started serving his immediately, opening the door for Cervelli to start.
Cervelli hit a single, scoring Brett Gardner, the fastest kid alive. Cervelli immediately threw his arms up in celebration and was swarmed by his teammates in shallow right field. Later, during an interview with YES, he got the customary pie in the face by AJ Burnett – the 14th time this season Burnett has hit the game-winning player with a pie.
Hideki Matsui tied a two-decade old Yankees franchise record with his 25th homer as a DH this season. Unfortunately, I think we are looking at the end of Matsui’s Yankee career. With his knees bad and preventing him from playing the outfield, Matsui will most likely end up unsigned at the end of this season. It will be sad to see him go – he’s been a great team player over the last 6 seasons.
In 1943, the Yankees had 17 walk-off victories. With 14 this season, the Yankees are tied for second place in franchise history.