It took 22 innings for the Yankees to take their first lead of series, and it came on a past ball that nearly hit John Ryan Murphy, going to the backstop to score Brendan Ryan from third base to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead in their 13 inning, near five hour victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The win snapped the Cubs' three-game winning streak, and also kept the Cubbies from sweeping the Bombers in this two-game series at Wrigley, as the Yankees now head off to the south side of Chicago for a four-game series with the White Sox that starts on Thursday.
Chase Whitley only lasted 4.1 innings in his second big league start, forcing the bullpen to put in a lot of work, and Jeff Samardjia's seven shutout innings were only a footnote by the time the final pitch was thrown, as he failed to get his first win of the season in his 10th start.
The Yankees were trailing 2-0 entering the 9th inning, and tied the game to send it into extra innings when Ichiro hit a groundball to shortstop Starlin Castro with one out and the bases loaded. Castro's throw to first missed the first baseman, letting two runs score. The two-run inning was the Yankees' biggest inning of the series.
A couple pitches later, Murphy lined a single to center field to score Yangervis Solarte, extending the lead to 4-2. Now, as for the rest of the game.....
After Whitley survived a first and second with one-out jam in the 1st inning, and runner on second with two-out jam in the 2nd, he retired the side in the 3rd before the Cubs finally got to him with a run in the 4th.
The Cubs loaded the bases with three straight one-out singles, then Mike Olt hit a run-scoring sac-fly for the second night in a row to give Samardjia the only run of support he would need, as he was pretty good against the Yankees on this sunny afternoon in Chicago.
The Yankees had a couple of scoring threats early in the game, in the 2nd and 4th innings. Brian McCann and Ichiro both singled in the 2nd to put runners on first and second with two outs, but nothing came of it. Two innings later, McCann walked and Yangervis Solarte singled to, again, put runners on first and second with two outs, but the Yankees, again, failed to score.
After the 4th inning, Samardjia only put one batter on base in his final three innings, and that was on a Solarte walk in the 7th. Other than that, the Yankees could figure him out, as he held the Bombers to four hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out three.
For the Yankees, Whitley didn't look bad, and was able to get himself out of trouble in the early innings, for the second straight outing, Joe Girardi didn't let him make it out of the 5th inning, meaning the bullpen would need to eat the remainder of the innings.
Dellin Betances struck out three more hitters in 1.2 innings. Adam Warren gave up a run in the 7th inning on a sac-bunt put down by Emilio Bonafacio. After Alfredo Aceves' scoreless 8th, Matt Daley pitched a solid 9th to send the game to extras, and then two more outs in the 10th. Matt Thornton finished off the 10th, and recorded an out in the 11th. Preston Claiborne pitched the 11th and 12th, giving way for David Robertson to close out the game in the 13th.