With fans filing out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Yankees down to their last out, Raul Ibanez did what Raul Ibanez apparently does, hitting a game-tying home run to send the first game of the ALCS to extra innings. Jose Valverde had given up a two-run home run to Ichiro earlier in the inning, and after striking out Robinson Cano and walking Mark Teixeira, threw Ibanez something that caught a little too much of the plate. Ibanez continues his unreal postseason—at the moment, he has 6 hits in 13 at-bats, including three home runs (two to tie games, one to win)—and the Yankees fans that stuck around for a desolate ninth get richly rewarded for their patience.
Less patient? The Tampa Bay Times: