The Yankees and their fans were on a bit of a high on the evening on November 1, 2001 because the night before, the team made a pretty miraculous comeback to beat the Diamondbacks and tie the World Series at two games apiece. So going into Game 5, it looked like the Yankees could take a 3-2 lead in the series.
Mussina ran into some trouble when Steve Finley hit a 1-2 offering into the stands to put the Diamondbacks up 1-0. Two outs later, Mussina gave up another 1-2 home run, this time to Rod Barajas and the Diamondbacks were up 2-0.
That score would remain 2-0 until the bottom of the ninth which followed a very familiar script. Diamondback manager Bob Brenly went to his closer Byung-Hyun Kim and Jorge Posada stepped into the batter's box.
Posada got things rolling with a double to lead off the inning but Shane Spencer and Chuck Knoblauch made the first and second outs of the inning. So with the tying run on second, Scott Brosius stepped up to the plate. After a first pitch ball, Byung-Hyun Kim, served up pitch number 2 of the at bat and this happened:
Two nights, two comebacks with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on two-run home runs. How the hell is that even possible? It's nearly 14 years later and it still seems impossible.
After Brosius' home run, Alfonso Soriano hit a fly ball to left but it was caught for the third out.
Again, the teams went back and forth for a few scoreless innings with the top of the 11th inning getting a little hairy for the Yankees and their closer Mariano Rivera when the Diamondbacks had runners on second and third with only one out. After intentionally walking Finley, Rivera got Reggie Sanders to line out and Mark Grace to ground out to end the inning.
Both the Yankees and the Diamondbacks went down in order in the bottom of the 11th and top of the 12th with the Yankees looking at 7-8-9 coming to bat in the bottom of the 12th.
Chuck Knoblauch hit a first pitch single to centerfield and the fans got excited. Could it happen again? Brosius laid down a bunt which advanced Knoblauch to second and the stage was set. In stepped the ninth hitter, Soriano, with a chance to be the hero and on the fourth pitch, he took Albie Lopez's offering into right field. Knoblauch rounded third, Reggie Sanders picked up the ball and threw it to home. It was a close play but catcher Rod Barajas couldn't hold on, Knoblauch scored and the Yankees won the game.
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