ALDS 2012: 7 Orioles Who Came Up Big in Game 2 vs. the Yankees
The Baltimore Orioles led by rookie Wei-Yin Chen outlasted the New York Yankees 3-2 in the second game of the ALDS at Camden Yards Monday night.
The series now tied at one shifts to Yankee Stadium as the Orioles look to build upon their positive momentum.
Chen, 27, outdueled the playoff-seasoned veteran Andy Pettitte who was looking to add to his postseason record 19 career wins.
Here are seven Orioles players who played pivotal roles in the Game 2 victory over the Yankees.
Robert Andino's first inning diving catch doubled off Derek Jeter from second base and undoubtedly prevented the Yankees from putting the Orioles in a big first inning hole.
Andino also contributed at the plate with a single and a run scored.
The biggest hit for the Orioles came by Chris Davis in the bottom of the third inning. His clutch two out single drove in Robert Andino and Nate McLouth, putting the Orioles in front of the Yankees for good.
Davis finished the game 2-for-4 and with undoubtedly the biggest hit for the Orioles so far in the ALDS.
Matt Wieters snapped an 0-for-10 postseason slump with a lead-off double in the bottom of the sixth inning. He would subsequently score on a Mark Reynolds single that would give the Orioles a third and deciding run.
Mark Reynolds RBI single in the bottom-of-the-sixth inning would ultimately seal the victory for Wei-Yin Chen and company.
Reynolds hit in the bottom-of-the-sixth would make up for a first inning error that contributed to the Yankees first run.
Wei-Yin Chen outdueled Yankee postseason ace Andy Pettitte and helped the Orioles secure a crucial Game 2 win. Chen pitched 6.1 innings, giving up two runs (one earned), with three strikeouts.
His most impressive inning was in the fifth when he mowed down the heart of the Yankees order (Suzuki, Rodriguez, Cano) on four pitches.
Orioles Middle Relief
Brian Matusz and Darren O'Day pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to help secure the Game 2 victory.
O'Day came in for starter Wei-Yin Chen when the Yankees were threatening in the top-of-the-seventh inning.
He was able to strike out Rodriguez.
Matusz would follow and after an intentional walk to Robinson Cano and wild pitch would strike out Nick Swisher, ending the Yankee threat.
Jim Johnson exorcized the demons of a night earlier and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure the 3-2 Orioles win.
Johnson gave up the game-breaking home run to Russell Martin a night earlier that led to the Yankees five run outburst and Game 1 win.