Game 5 it is
Oct. 12, 2012
It took 13 torturous innings, but the Orioles secured a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees to set up a winner-take-all Game 5 in the Bronx on Friday.
Joe Saunders provided another clutch postseason pitching performance, Nate McLouth went deep for the O's only home run, Darren O'Day extended his playoff scoreless innings streak to seven (with only one hit), J.J. Hardy plated RINO (Rookie In Name Only) Manny Machado with the winning run, and Jim Johnson tallied his second ALDS save to offset a loss and a blown save.
It ain't pretty, but it works.
Yankees Swing and Miss at Clincher, Forcing Game 5 (New York Times)
"Resilient," "steady and young" ... I like these descriptions of the Orioles, and in New York no less.
Orioles starting pitching dominant in the postseason (Orioles Insider, Baltimore Sun)
"In four postseason games, the Orioles starters own a 1.82 ERA (5 ER in 24 2/3 IP), the second best mark of all playoff teams to the Tigers’ 1.75 ERA." Say what? I wouldn't believe it had I not seen it for myself.
O'Day Shows Value on Mound for Orioles (New York Times)
A bit of an understatement, wouldn't you say? I'm ready to build a Camden Yards statue for the guy
"The most incredible, enjoyable O's team in recent memory." Anyone disagree with that statement?