Coming into Wednesday night's ALDS Game 3 at Yankee Stadium, the Baltimore Orioles were 16-2 in extra-inning games on the year -- a blemish-free 16-0 against everyone but the New York Yankees, and 0-2 against the one team standing between them and their first playoff series win in 15 years.
Make that 0-3.
In one of the most improbable postseason finishes in baseball history, Raul Ibanez hit a pinch-hit solo home run off of Baltimore closer Jim Johnson to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, then hit lefty Brian Matusz's first pitch of the 12th deep into the right-field stands, giving the Yankees a 3-2 win and a 2-1 series lead.
But the game's ending wasn't stunning just because Ibanez, who entered the game in place of the struggling Alex Rodriguez, became the first player in postseason history to hit two home runs in the ninth inning of a game or later (though the feat and the riot it incited were pretty spectacular). Rather, the conclusion of the game,...