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ALDS Game 2: Yankees at Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Oct 08, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (1-0)
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez DH

LHP Andy Pettitte (5-4, 2.87)
Pettitte vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (0-1)
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Jim Thome DH
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-1, 4.02)
Chen vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:07 p.m., TBS

WEATHER: Chilly like last night, and also cloudy, but it looks like they’ll play on time. (scratch that)

UMPIRES: HP Angel Hernandez, 1B Brian Gorman, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Mike Everitt, LF Mark Carlson, RF Tony Randazzo

FIVE IN NINE: The Yankees scored five runs in the ninth inning last night. It was the fourth time they scored that many runs in the ninth of a playoff game, all of which have come on the road (also 1936 World Series Game 2, 1936 World Series Game 6, and 1999 ALCS Game 4).

ALL ABOUT ANDY: At 40 years, three months and 24 days old, Andy Pettitte will be the fourth-oldest Yankee to make a postseason start. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Roger Clemens (45 in 2007), Randy Johnson (43 in 2006) and David Wells (40 years, 4 months in October 2003) were older. … This will be his 43rd postseason start, which is nearly five times as many appearances as the entire Orioles staff entering this ALDS (9). … It will be Pettitte’s 16th start in Game 2 of a postseason series, most all time. Tom Glavine (11) has the second most.

FIRST TIMER: The Yankees have won four of their past five postseason games dating back to 2007 when facing a starting pitcher making his first postseason start.

ON THIS DATE: Today marks the anniversary of Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Dan Rydell — or the guy who played him on SportsNight — threw out the first pitch. Mark Feinsand and I were quite pleased.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Looks like the right call to me. Tough break, but it’s a double play. Such is life for Rodriguez. He finally hits a ball kinda hard and it’s a double play.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: And I think that call was right, too. Crazy dance by Ichiro for a 1-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 9;22 p.m.: Pettitte, six up, six down. Still a 1-0 lead.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Couple of two out singles are left stranded. Still a 1-0 game with Pettitte heading back to the mound for the third.

UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Pettitte retired the first eight Orioles. Now four straight have reached, capped by a two-run single by Chris Davis. All of this is with two outs, and suddenly the Orioles are up 2-1.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Horrible baserunning by Hardy, who somehow missed the sign and stopped at third. Cost the Orioles a run and it’s still 2-1 at the end of three.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Good hold by Thomson. No chance Teixeira scores on that play. He’s just not running well enough.

UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Jeter and Nunez can’t get the ball out of the infield and the bases are left stranded.

UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: Rough game for Jeter at short.

UPDATE, 10:59 p.m.: That’s a gutsy baserunning decision by Nunez. Pays off in a hustle, bloop double to start the seventh.

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