Monday, May 18, 2009

Damon Gets His Piece Of Walk-Off Pie

Johnny Damon became third consecutive Yankee to win game for Bombers with a walk-off hit, as his 10th-inning home run off Minnesota's Jesse Crain gave Yanks a 3-2 win over the Twins, their fifth consecutive victory. (Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)
Add Johnny Damon to the list of Yankee heroes; and while you're at it, the list of whipped cream pie recipients as well.
Damon's walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning yesterday gave the Yankees a 3-2 win over Minnesota, their fifth straight victory, and earned him a postgame dessert courtesy of A.J. Burnett, who provided the Bombers with yet another quality start.
"I've never been a part of something like this," said Yankee manager Joe Girardi. In fact, not many Yankees have, as the Bombers picked their third straight walk-off win, something the team had not done since 1972. Twins catcher Joe Mauer remarked "I know I've never seen it" in reference to the walk-off victories. Yesterday's hero, however, kept things in perspective.
"We're glad that we're finding a way to win these close games," said Damon. "That's going to be the difference when the season's over."
Alex Rodriguez, who won Saturday's game with a walk-off home run in the 11th inning, hit a solo shot in the seventh inning to put the Yankees on the board after they had trailed 2-0. The series wraps up tonight at Yankee Stadium, with Andy Pettitte opposing Glen Perkins on the mound in a matchup of left-handed starters.

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