There were really only two eminently re-watchable games from the 2012 regular season. There was the April 21st game against Boston where the Yankees, in Fenway, came back after being down 9-0 in the sixth inning to win 15-9. This is the other game. As much as Yankee fans love to stick it to Boston, this September game was far more important as they found themselves in an unexpectedly tight pennant race against Baltimore, with only one game separating the two teams for what seemed like an eternity.
The Yanks and surprising A's (also finding themselves in a surprise pennant race) battled back-and-forth until a Chris Carter sac fly tied the game at five in the seventh. At that point, the bullpens took over and shut down the scoring until the 13th inning when the A's scored four runs on three HRs to take a 9-5 lead.
Naturally, things looked bad for the Yanks, but they wasted no time starting the comeback who started the inning with three straight singles by Ichiro Suzuki, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. A wild pitch followed to plate one run and move the runners up. Eduardo Nunez skied a sacrifice fly to plate Rodriguez with the second run which brought up Raul Ibanez who deposited a 3-1 pitch into the right field seats to unbelievably tie the game.
That was followed by two quiet ground outs to end the inning. Cory Wade threw a 10-pitch 1-2-3 inning in the 14th when the Yankees got started again. This time Eric Chavez lead off with a single and, this is important, was pinch run for with rookie Melky Mesa who had never before appeared in a major league game. Derek Jeter bunted him over to second which was followed by an intentional walk to Ichiro Suzuki. Alex Rodriguez followed with what appeared to be a game-winning single to center until Melky Mesa slammed on the brakes shortly after rounding third base. Puzzled fans and announcers wondered what happened until replays showed that the inexperienced, and perhaps over-eager, Mesa failed to touch third base. Rather than chance that nobody saw the miscue, he stopped and retreated to third.
The mistake appeared at first to be costly as Robinson Cano, with one out, grounded back to the mound to force the runner at home. It looked worse when Eduardo Nunez grounded what appeared to be a sure inning ending grounder to first, but A's first baseman Brandon Moss literally booted it. Moss, playing way off first base, had to range toward the line and pick up the ball on the move. He awkwardly stabbed at it and the ball kicked off of his left foot and bounced toward right field as all the runners easily advanced safely making for an improbable and important victory.