English: Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The New York Yankees went into to last night with a one-run lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.
The Yankees fought hard vs. a more complete Red Sox. And after 12-innings, the Bronx Bombers won, in walk-off fashion, 4-3.
And Yankee fans owe a lot of that win to the moves made by skipper Joe Girardi.
Girardi first right move was before the game, when he sent a struggling Ivan Nova to the bullpen and gave his start to David Phelps.
As after a shaky first inning, giving up runs to Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, Phelps settled in and went a solid 5 1/3 frames. He struck out four, and walked two Red Sox, but didn’t allow another run to score.
The next move Girardi made was a game changer; pinch-hitting Raul Ibanez in the ninth inning for Eduardo Nunez.
The Yankees were down 3-1 when Girardi called on the veteran Ibanez to hit.
And hit Ibanez did, as he went deep with Granderson on base to ti...