The Captain just missed out on a home run in the 1st on a ball that went off the left field wall for an RBI double. That would get the Yankees on the board to make it a 2-1 deficit. The O's 2 home runs from Nick Markakis and Alejandro De Aza in the top half of the inning got them off to a fast start. The Yankees would tie in the bottom half with Jeter's double, and an error scoring another run.
Jeter had the opportunity of being the hero in the 7th, coming up with the bases loaded in a tie game. He would hit a grounder to short, but J.J Hardy threw the ball away to score 2. He was credited with an RBI on a fielder's choice. Brian McCann's sac fly made it 5-2, a lead that would hold until the 9th.
The former World Series MVP was visibly emotional while playing the field in the 9th, thinking it would be his final 3 outs at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles would put an end to those thoughts as Adam Jones (2-run) and Steve Pearce (solo) would go deep to tie the game at 5.
Jeter, who had an error in the game, had to regroup with a brand new ball game in the 9th. New York manager Joe Girardi joked in an interview during the game that he wanted the future hall of famer to get the walk-off hit, which seemed more and more realistic as the Orioles' homers were leaving the park.
After the lead-off runner reached in the bottom of the inning, Brett Gardner would bunt the runner over. This would set up Derek Jeter with the winning run at second base, almost too goo to be true. Move script material. The 14 time all-star would drive the ball the opposite way, vintage Jeter, to score the run and end his Yankee Stadium career in celebration.
Friends, and family would come join Jeter on the field. He knew he would be celebrating on this night, but never imagined it'd be like this. The Yankees shortstop for the past 20 years was nearly in tears as he tipped his hat to the Yankee faithful.
Jeter will end his career over the weekend in Boston against the Red Sox. He mentioned after the game that he will not play shortstop over the weekend. This means he will play his final 3 games of his career as the designated hitter. Derek Jeter had one of the most celebrated careers of all time, so it is only fitting that his final game in New York would end with fireworks.