Big inning, Sabathia carry Yankees to Game One win over Orioles

ALDS Game One Spillover Thread II
Fan Confidence Poll: October 8th, 2012

Mother Nature tried, but not even a two-hour and 26-minute rain delay could stop the Yankees and CC Sabathia. The ace wouldn’t allow his team to lose no matter how many run-scoring opportunities they blew early in the game, carrying the club until they mounted a five-run rally in the ninth. The Yankees took Game One of the ALDS by the score of 7-2.

(Rob Carr/Getty)

Ichiro Good … And Bad

There was nothing I wanted more coming into the game/series than a first inning run(s). Scoring in the first inning while on the road, especially in the playoffs, is a good way to calm the nerves a bit. The Yankees struck for a run just two batters into the game, as Ichiro Suzuki followed Derek Jeter‘s leadoff single with a double into the left-center field gap. Jason Hammel left the full count fastball right out over the plate and Jeter was running on the pitch, so he made it all the way home without a throw. The ball rolled all the way to the wall. Nine pitches into the game, the Yankees had a lead.

Unfortunately Ichiro giveth and Ichiro taketh away. He tried to steal third on the first pitch of Alex Rodriguez‘s at-bat following the double, but got gunned down at third by Matt Wieters. I told you the Orioles are good at preventing the opposition from taking the extra base. Ichiro got a good jump and there was a right-handed hitter at the plate, but Wieters is just that damn good. Making the first out of the inning/series at third base like that was a big mistake by the veteran speedster, who was playing in his first playoff game since his rookie season.

(Rob Carr/Getty)

Tex Good … And Bad

Because one base-running mistake wasn’t enough, the Yankees tacked on a second in the fourth inning for good measure. The Orioles took a 2-1 lead on a two-run Nate McLouth single in the bottom of the third (more on that in a bit), but they responded right away with the tying run in the top of the fourth. A-Rod got it all started with a leadoff walk, falling behind in the count 1-2 before taking some breaking balls off the plate for the free pass.

Now, for the life of me, I have no idea why Alex took off for second when Hammel had Cano in an 0-2 count one batter later. Robbie had fouled off two straight 0-2 pitches and A-Rod broke for second on the fifth pitch of the at-bat for no apparent reason. Maybe he was able to sneak a peek at the sign and knew a breaking ball was coming? Either way, it worked. Cano grounded out sharply to first, but Alex made it to second and was able to avoid the double play (but not without a funny slide). Nick Swisher followed with a six-pitch walk to put men on first and second with one out.

Mark Teixeira has really been struggling since coming back from his calf injury last week, and he popped up a total hanger in his first at-bat of the game. He should have destroyed the pitch. Hammel hung another breaking ball in Teixeira’s second at-bat, but the first baseman didn’t miss that one. The pitch was clobbered off the top of the scoreboard in right, scoring A-Rod easily. Unfortunately Tex got a little greedy and tried to stretch the hit into a double, only to be thrown out at second by Chris Davis. Hmmm, if only someone had warned the Yankees about his arm. Oh wait. Tying the score is great, but two outs on the bases in the first four innings of the series is two too many.

Oh yes. (Rob Carr/Getty)

Homer, Hits, A Lead

Jim Johnson is, without question, one of the very best relievers in baseball. He uses a bowling ball mid-90s sinker to generate insane ground ball rates (like, 60%+), so naturally he rarely gives up homers, especially to right-handed batters. In fact, only two righties had taken him deep from May 2010 through September 2011, and one of them was Jesus Montero (twice) last September during his cup of coffee. Ryan Zimmerman was the other. Three pitches into his outing on Sunday, Russell Martin made it three right-handers to take him deep in the last 17 months. He sent a 2-0 sinker over the right field wall for a leadoff homer to break the two-all tie in the ninth.

Martin has provided a number of big hits down the stretch and this was certainly the biggest, but the Yankees weren’t content with a one-run lead. Five of the six batters Johnson faced reached base, including three consecutive singles by Raul Ibanez, Jeter, and Ichiro following Martin’s dinger. Ichiro’s was an infield single, a trickler up the first base line that scored pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez. Cano doubled into the left field corner to plate two more runs, then moved up to third on the throw home. Swisher rewarded Robbie’s heady base-running with a sacrifice fly to deep center to complete the rally. All five runs were charged to Johnson, who allowed exactly one run in the final 62 games of the Orioles season.

The Ace We Need, Not The Ace We Deserve

Don’t ever change, CC. (Getty)

You can’t say enough about how just insanely awesome Sabathia was in Game One. He finished the regular season with three straight dominant outings and carried that right over in the ALDS, manhandling the Orioles for 8.2 innings and 120 pitches (80 strikes). Twenty-four of his 26 outs were recorded on the infield (13 grounders, seven strikeouts, four pop-ups), and the top six hitters of Baltimore’s order were a combined 3-for-23 with five strikeouts. He also broke no fewer than five bats by my unofficial count.

The Orioles did score a pair of runs in the third inning, which was mostly annoying because two left-handed hitters — Chris Davis (leadoff single) and McLouth (two-run single) — did almost all the damage. A Lew Ford ground ball single and a Robert Andino sac bunt were mixed in there as well. The pitch McLouth hit was a total hanger, a cement-mixer slider that spun out over the plate and didn’t break. Sabathia pitched out of a first and third with one out jam in the fifth (struck out McLouth, J.J. Hardy ground out) and more impressively pitched around a Hardy leadoff double in the eighth. Adam Jones struck out, Wieters popped up in foul territory, and Mark Reynolds grounded out to short. You really have to hand it to the guy, he really bore down and got the big outs when he needed too outside of that third inning.

Sabathia was able to pitch into the ninth because his pitch count was extremely manageable early on, as in seven pitches after one inning, 21 pitches after two, 30 pitches after three, 43 pitches after four, and 61 pitches after five. It’s one thing to be effective, it’s another to be both effective and efficient, which CC certainly was on Sunday. He crushed the birds with his offspeed stuff, throwing 21 of 31 changeups and 17 of 22 sliders (!) for strikes. They weren’t burying the slider in the dirt, Sabathia was spotting it at the knees and on the other half for called strikes and when he does that, he’s basically unhittable. He was out of this world good, just brilliant. Utterly dominant. Hard to believe Sabathia’s ace-dom was questioned earlier this summer.

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


The Yankees did blow two prime run-scoring chances in the middle innings, leaving men on first and second in the sixth and having a runner thrown out at home in the seventh. Curtis Granderson hit a long fly ball with two outs in the sixth, a ball that Davis was able to catch in that little cutout in the right field corner. Just unfortunate, that ball would have been several rows foul in most other parks. Martin was thrown out at the plate on the contact play when Ichiro grounded to second with the infield in in the seventh, making it three outs on the bases in the game. A full inning thrown away on the bases. At least they can look back and laugh at it, I guess.

Every starter reached base at least once, but most guys were on-base multiple times. Jeter (two singles, sac bunt), Ichiro (infield single, double), and Teixeira (double, single) all had two hits while Swisher singled and drew two walks. He and Teixeira reached base three times apiece. A-Rod drew the walk that led to the tying run in the fourth but otherwise struck out three times, twice in big situations. The Yankees had ten hits (seven singles, two doubles, one homer) and seven walks overall, going 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Most of that came in the ninth, but it all counts the same.

In addition to the huge homer, Martin had a great fifth inning behind the plate that didn’t go unnoticed. He made a nice pounce from behind the plate to grab Ford’s little grounder, then threw to first for the out while falling down. Teixeira gets an assist for a great scoop on the basee. Martin also blocked two pitches in the dirt that would have allowed the runner at third to score easily had they gotten away. Props for the strong inning.

David Robertson will be just a footnote in this game, but he came in to record the 27th out after Ford ended Sabathia’s night with a two-out double in the ninth. Robertson struck out pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty on four pitches to end the game, nice and stress-free. The bullpen will be nice and fresh behind Andy Pettitte in Game Two on Monday leading up to Tuesday’s off-day. The Orioles, meanwhile, used pretty much all of their core relievers.

This was Sabathia’s ninth career start in Game One of a postseason series, the second most all-time behind Greg Maddux. Mad Dog did it eleven times. I sure hope Sabathia ties the record this year. CC’s five career Game One wins are tied with John Smoltz and Red Ruffing for the most in history. He was one out away from the first complete game by a Yankee in the postseason since Roger Clemens struck out 15 Mariners back in 2000. Remember that? Maybe the best pitched postseason game I’ve ever seen.

Box Score & WPA Graph has the box score and video highlights. If you’re a glutton for punishment and want some bad news, the Yankees are just 4-6 in ALDS series when they win the first game. They’re actually 6-1 when they drop Game One. Screw that though, gimme that 1-0 lead in the series eight days a week and twice on Sundays.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next

Nothing fancy here, it’s Game Two of the ALDS on Monday night (8:07pm ET on TBS). The Yankees will send Pettitte to the mound against fellow left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Going home to the Bronx up 2-0 in the best-of-five series sure would be swell, don’t you think?

ALDS Game One Spillover Thread II
Fan Confidence Poll: October 8th, 2012
  • Get Phelps Up

    What happened to the comments in the game thread?

    • forensic

      One post got deleted and the commenter banned, and that seemed to throw some things out of whack.

      • Kramerica Industries

        I won’t ask what the comment was, but was the commenter anyone of RAB relevance?

        I actually still have an unrefreshed page open as of 12:13, but unfortunately I already see a comment asking what got deleted, so that’s not gonna work.

        • Pat D

          Yea, I missed what was said, so naturally I’m curious.

          • forensic

            Nah, nobody of relevance, some dumbass who showed up for the first time tonight. The comment was in the homophobic range, part of the string is still there, but his part is gone.

            • Pat D

              Homophobic, eh? Glad he got banned then.

            • MannyGeee

              Phew… Glad I didn’t get banned.

              #nohomo, #almondhomo

    • OMG! Bagels!

      somebody said something bad. I don’t know what but there are certain things that will get you deleted and banned around here. Racist, sexist, homophobia and a few other things along those lines.

  • China Joe

    Real aces go 9, not 8 2/3…


    • Joe F

      China Joe from Posting and Toasting?

      • China Joe

        Indeed it is

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Russ has had a knack for big, late homeruns this year.

    Great performance by CC.

  • Andrew Brotherton

    So for game 2, we get a well rested bullpen, and a few regulars getting great hits in big moments, and CC pitching lights out and keeping us in the game till we could get the offense going. I’ll take it.

  • Hmmm

    CC Sabathia… thank you, sir.

  • BigBlueAL

    Hopefully CC’s next start is on Saturday :-)

    • Chris

      Lets hope so!

    • Laz

      I was hoping the Tigers series was gonna go to 5 so verlander wouldn’t start gm 1 that too.

  • Pat D

    I guess I’m being silly here, but, umm, who was that man, Mike?

  • forensic

    Once again, Large and In Charge!

  • mustang

    That man owes you a drink.

  • Anthony

    The Yanks really did a number on Johnson. Will definitely shake the O’s confidence, great job. CC was masterful.

  • stuart a

    CC was great. they won despite a moron decision by Ichiro trying to steal 3rd in the first with no outs and Arod being arod. G-d is he horrible…

    they actually had 2 terrible baserunning deisions but they got a few big hits late…

    Nice win…Move aroid down in the order….

    • Pat D

      At least you’re consistent. I’ll give you that.

      • Get Phelps Up

        throw him a parade….

    • Gonzalo Hiram

      Move ARod down??? Well, tomorrow yes because there is a lefty pitcher but against right pitchers Chavez should play 3rd.

  • Dan in Athens

    My favorite moment, which I only just heard since I watched (and recorded the game with the sound off was hearing Smoltz say, with this weather, hitting that sinker is like hitting a bowling ball right before the pitch Martin hit into the seats.

    • mustang


    • oriole killer

      That was awesome. Smoltz was laughing a little diabolically, like “Oh, ho, ho, the Yankees get killed by sinkerball pitchers, because they only hit homeruns and you can’t hit homeruns off sinker ball pitchers, especially in cold weather, it’s like hitting a bowling ball! That’s why teams that only hit homeruns can’t win in the playoffs, because cold weather makes sinkers into bowling balls! The Yankees will lose and I will rejoice!”.

      Then Russell hit a homerun and lots of other stuff happened. Ho ho indeed.

    • mustang

      Martin is some hitter hitting a bowling ball that far.

    • camilo Gerardo

      if you youtubed the vid, it would be an instant classic

    • Kramerica Industries

      Smoltzie’s MLB Network compatriot Mitch Williams also calls Johnson’s pitch a “95 mph bowling ball”.

      That network breeds idiocy like Antonio Cromartie breeds illegitimate children.

      • Sayid

        Or… Maybe they are right and Martin just hit it well…

    • MannyGeee

      Now you know what Russ’s off season routine is… Going up to Montreal and hitting bowling balls and snowballs. Fuck you John Smoltz

    • rek4gehrig

      Oh yes he did say that.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    “The Yankees really had their way with Johnson.” TWSS

  • Dan in Athens

    Only hearing the sound now on the rewatch, Smoltz sounds dispondent. Makes me even happier.

    • Dan in Athens

      Despondent. Spelling fail.

    • Pat D

      I actually thought he was decent tonight. And, trust me, I fucking hate his announcing.

      • Dan in Athens

        If you lived in Georgia, you would loathe him like me.

        • forensic

          Did I miss something there? Shouldn’t people in Georgia love him, though I guess if you’re not a Braves fan that could explain your feelings.

        • Adam P

          How is it TBS chose a known Yankee hater and a former Oriole as broadcasters for this series? What the heck?

          • DC

            I was reading an Orioles’ game thread and they were complaining that all the announcers were Yankee homers. Guess they don’t remember Ripken.

      • JohnnyC

        His last name is an apt description of his announcing skills.

  • Get Phelps Up

    We have Andy tomorrow and even if we lose, all we have to do is win 2/3 against the Orioles at home. I am feeling really good about this series.

    • Pat D

      Well winning 2/3 at home against this team is something that didn’t happen this year, so I say go for the jugular.

      • Austin Aunelowitzky

        Andy Jugulur Yes.

      • Winter

        We have a winning record against the O’s at Camden Yards. At the Stadium? Nope.

      • Get Phelps Up

        All those series came at times when the Yankees were playing terribly, so I don’t put too much stock into that. I agree with going for the kill tomorrow though.

        • Think

          Especially if series only goes to 4 they can save sabathia game 1 of ALCS.

  • mustang


    • Joe F


  • vincevaugh

    Erroneous! Erroneous on all counts!

  • Get Phelps Up

    The Orioles 3rd loss when tied after 8 this year and all 3 losses have come against the Yankees.

    • JLC 776

      And let’s face it, loss 4 could have happened with a better call at first… but that’s water under the bridge now.

    • JohnnyC

      Ernie Johnson mentionned the 14-2 record tied after eight…didn’t mention the two, now three, losses were to the Yankees. Can’t ever be too prepared for the game, right Ernie?

      • Jonathan

        he actually mentioned it directly afterwards….

      • dalelama

        He did mention it…

    • camilo Gerardo

      awesome stat/fact

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    Martin may be earning a Scott Brosius-type contract (i.e. clutch postseason/team loves his D).

    Very nice win. Happy for C.C.

    • Sam

      To be fair, Martin made some awesome blocks on balls in the dirt tonight – some with runners on in big spots too. No one tried to run on him tonight but Russ gets some big props for his D tonight from me. Helps when your starting pitcher’s command is tight like CC’s was though.

  • Nick

    I could not believe how disappointed the announcers were in the 9th. At least pretend like you aren’t biased

    • Think

      Well cal I can definetely understand if he is bummed. He was an orioles icon, the other 2 should at least pretend.

  • JLC 776

    Regardless of the whole home field advantage thing, it feels really, really good to head into Game 2 with a win.

    That said, sweep the leg.

  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    The announcers were awful. Cal kept harping on moving Hardy over from 2nd with Adam Jones at the plate. Adam Jones is not going to bunt or give himself up. He’s their best hitter. It’d be like Robbie laying down a bunt. They had their chance and it just didn’t work. Smoltz is an idiot, too.

    • oriole killer

      Don’t even get John Smoltz started on pitch counts! They’re stupid! He didn’t need them when he was a kid, why should Stephen Strasberg?

  • Dela G


  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    CC pitched his heart out. Andy goes tomorrow for the killshot against Chen. They should trot out the same lineup with exact same order except Nunie hits 9th instead of Raul. Don’t overthink it, Joe. Joe pushed all the right buttons in the 9th inning.

    • Winter

      The D-Rob button is very rarely the wrong button.

    • Think

      Chen has really fallen off in the 2nd half. tomorrow is a good win chance.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    girardi blew it, should of went with cc’s personal cather, chris stewart

    • OMG! Bagels!

      I’m sure he would have been more amazing than Martin. And Martin’s offense and defense was outstanding.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    I thought Andy was going on Weds?

    • JLC 776

      They swapped him and Kuroda.

    • Think

      Don’t you pay attn?

  • Rey22

    Welcome to the big boys table Baltimore. You’re not welcome here.

    • Tcmiller30

      Did you just welcome them to the big boys table then tell them they’re not welcome there? Interesting

  • captain kiwi

    unreal cc. fuck you o’s!

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Don’t the Yankees have a winning record in Camden and Orioles a winning record in YSIII?

    • Evan3457

      Yes, Yanks now 7-3 in Camden; O’s are 6-3 in the Bronx.

    • Tom

      This year, yes (6-3 each)

  • mustang

    The O’s with a guy on second in the 8th and one out CC breaks the hitters’ bat and Tex gets the fly for the out.
    First thing out of the announcer mouth is how close the broken bat came to hitting the camera guys.

    Now that’s’ Emmy Award winning coverage.

    • umbrellaman

      What he should have mentioned was Tex going 3/4 speed after the popup and just getting there because of the calf.

      • mustang


        That might actually be real sport announcing and they wouldn’t want to do that.

    • mustang

      I’m sorry John and Suzanne for all the bad things I said apparently it could be worse.

  • JLC 776

    Man, look at the size of the comp on CC’s shoulder during the press conference!

    • Think

      Isn’t it already cold enough outside?

  • handtius

    As jay would say, BONG!

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    Was Ripken crying at the end there? He sounded hoarse.

  • Gonzalo Hiram

    If tomorrow ARod doesn’t have a very good game, Chavez should play 3rd instead of him against right pitchers.

    • Think

      Not happening. Arod is starting regardless.

    • thenamestsam

      Jesus, the panic in people even after a freaking WIN is unbelievable. 1 game in and the fans are ready to bench people. Insanity.

  • pop

    look what this guy writes about a-rod…

    • forensic

      Wow, that’s a pretty terrible job by the editor to let that one through. Very poor attempt at humor, as is pretty typical from Wally.

    • Eddard reboot v.1.0

      How is that man a writer? Offensive and not funny at all.

  • tipsie

    Really interesting to watch CC pitch like an ace without the ability to blow people away with 95 MPH gas (as he has routinely in the past). 31 changeups. Unreal command of all pitches.

    As Harvey Keitel said, “let’s not start sucking each other’s d*&ks quite yet…” Yanks won Game One of the ALDS in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011; only to lose. Win tomorrow and everything changes. Lose tomorrow and Hughes comes into play, and you never know.

    Can’t lose outs on the bases tomorrow. Almost killer. Alex looks really, really bad.

    • Eddard reboot v.1.0

      Yeah, it’s a little different here because of the 2-3 format. Also, last year in the ALDS the rain out really screwed things up. Verlander, Scherzer and Fister shut them down. That’s why tomorrow is a big game. Win it and we hopefully can finish the series so CC doesn’t have to pitch Game 5.

    • JLC 776

      I’m really impressed by the one walk. He toyed with the hitters all night, getting them to chase a lot out of the zone (or so I feel – haven’t looked at pitch fx yet), but still only gave one free pass.

      Of course, I’m really glad that Buck’s game plan seemed to be ‘swing early’. It really kept the pitch count low and allowed CC to look like a Boss all night long.

      • Think

        To be fair though the strike zone was expanded a bit for both teams.

    • Dave in VA

      In 17 ALDS appearances the Yankees have only had five ROAD openers (1981, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010). They’ve won three of those and were 2-1 in the series where they won a road opener, 1-1 in the series where they lost the road opener. Since the Yankees have *always* won a road game in ALDS’s they have won, I think it’s good to have that road win up front.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Lefty pitching tomorrow.
    Does that mean Robbie batting 5th again?

    • forensic

      I would hope Girardi’s been convinced otherwise on that by now.

  • tipsie

    It will be Jeter / Swisher / ARod / Cano / Teixeira / Martin / Granderson / Nunez (DH) / Ichiro tomorrow. Unless someone wakes up hurt, I’d be very surprised otherwise.

    • Think

      Swisher did a pretty good job at getting on base yesterday, seems like a good fit for 2nd spot.

  • fin

    How long can the Yankees keep Arod in the 3 spot? He’s supposedly all about the team these days, he shouldnt have any issues with be dropped down to the 7th spot. The corpse of Arod batting 3rd in the playoffs is a little rough to watch. If he starts hitting they can move him up, but right now he looks over matched by every pitcher he faces.

    Two of the more notorious Yankee postseason hitters started off with nice games tonight. Hopefully, it will take the pressure off of Swish and Tex and they can have a nice postseason.

    • tipsie

      I was explaining to my 11 year old earlier today what a ruckus it caused when Torre dropped him to 8th (Game 4, 2006 ALDS).

      For the whole “ego / reputation / status” thing, I don’t foresee a change any time soon. If NYY advances and he remains a corpse, the absolute lowest I see him dropping is 5th.

      Not saying I agree with it; but that’s the reality of it.

    • RAB_lurker

      I did not get to watch the game so I didn’t get to see how badly A-Rod did. How about A-Rod batting infront of Cano as an “advance scout” for the pitcher’s pitches?

      • dalelama

        As anyone can fill the “advance scout” role I would put someone in it who doesn’t require the on deck hitter learn the Heimlich Maneuver.

    • FIPster Doofus

      A-Rod has no business hitting higher than sixth anymore. He’s in the three spot based on what he used to be, not what he is, and that’s wrong.

    • Think

      He works the count, and also his baserunning prevented that groundout by cano from being a double play.

      • dalelama

        Really is that the best you can come up with to defend baseball’s version of Mama Cass? Sit Arod against righties and start Chavez at third. Unless MLB stops their drug testing regimen Arod is toast.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That 4-6/6-1 stat is just weird

    1996, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and, I guess, 1981, fulfill those six wins, though.

    • Dave in VA

      The actual split is 5-6/5-1. 1981 started with a road win.

      • Kramerica Industries

        So it is.

        I was going from memory. I wasn’t around in 1981, and no other years would fill the description above.

        The year they lost Game 1 and the series, of course, being 2007.

  • Get Phelps Up

    If the Yankees win tomorrow, they’ll have more playoff wins at Camden Yards than the Orioles.

    • Kramerica Industries

      One of my favorite playoff-related stats is that the Twins, who were notoriously difficult (read: impossible) to beat the Metrodome during the postseason (8-0 in the World Series there, while 0-6 away), were 0-5 against the Yankees in the Metrodome.

      Yankees have always found ways to make opposing ballparks feel like home. If they advance to the ALCS, it might be high time to make Comerica Park the same.

  • therizza

    What will the line-up look like tomorrow?

    Team Stats vs. Yei-Yin Chen

    Jeter: 3 for 12 – HR, SO
    Arod: 2 for 7 – HR, 2RBI, BB, 2SO, HBP
    Cano: 3 for 11 – HR, RBI, BB, SO
    Martin: 2 for 8 – HR, 3RBI, SO
    Swish: 2 for 11 – 2B, SO
    Tex: 1 for 6 – SO
    Grandy: 1 for 8 – HR, 2RBI, BB, 4SO
    Nunez: 1 for 3 – RBI
    Nix: 1 for 4 – 2BB, SO
    Gardy: 2 for 3 – RBI
    Ichiro: 0 for 5 – SO
    Stew: 0 for 2 – SO
    Chavez: No At Bats
    Ibanez: No At Bats

    • therizza

      Correction. Wei-Yin Chen

      • JMK

        It’s Greek to me.

  • Darren

    that write-up is way overboard.
    cc came through for sure, but lets be honest. russell bailed him out.
    yanks gave cc a lead and he coughed it up. again.
    still, great, great win!

    • Laz

      8.2 innings and gives up 2 runs and you complain?
      Sure he could have held the lead, but he gave the yankees a very good outing.

      • goterpsgo

        I’d take that kind of outing 8 days out of the week.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      It was a 1-0 lead. You’re complaining that he didn’t throw a shutout?

    • forensic

      Wow, CC had a bit of a down year sure, but to bash him for not holding a 1-0 lead in this game is just absurd.

      Bad offense and horrid baserunning is what would’ve lost this one if it went according to the O’s plan.

    • gc


      • Darren

        You’re the one with reading comprehension problems.

        Mike’s write-up made it seem like CC twirled a shutout, when in fact he did cough up a 1-0 lead. It ended up being a great performance, but the facts are what they are. If Russell doesn’t hit that dinger and the O’s won it in the ninth or tenth, the write-up would have had to have start with the fact that the Yanks handed CC a lead and he couldn’t hold it.

        • Ana

          No, actually – article would have had to begin with the fact that CC threw a gem and the offense couldn’t back him up.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    This had the feel of a Mysterious Force game for the O’s up until the ninth. MUCH closer game than it appears on the box score.

  • vicki

    i eat your doritos.

    i break your bats.


  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    A return to normalcy. D-Rob’s socks are high again.

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    An ARod walk is a thing of beauty these days-a major contribution from a singles guess hitter. Let’s be honest here. He sucks….but so did Jeter for awhile a few years ago and Ibanez has been pretty good at 40. I think we have found ourselves our next Andruw Jones-type DH against lefties for 2015-17!

    He actually should have been called out for strike 3 looking on his walk. The 1-2 pitch was WAY too close to take but guess hitters get lucky sometimes. NOBODY is afraid of coming inside with fb’s to a guy with 640+ career HR’s. A shell of himself now. His bat speed is awful-even against non-dominant fbs.

    I know his 18th HR was reasonably recent and his last few xtra base hits (1 or 2) occurred recently but when was HR #17?

    Painful facts to ponder…..let’s hope he guesses right and/or gets a changeup he can pull with authority.

    • Jose M. Vazquez

      Arod should be moved down in the order in the sixth or seventh spot behind swisher and Granderson with Ibanez or Nunez hitting behind him and Martin ninth. He should have no complaints about this since he is living on reputation but no action.

  • goterpsgo

    After Martin’s homer, the rest of the team piled on so the 0’s could continue their meme of winning with 2 or few runs this year. :D


    Apologies if this was mentioned. Pregame Curry mentioned ARod told him all he had to do was get on base. Flash said, if that’s ARod’s attitude he doesn’t like that at all. Agreed. Talk about setting the bar low. He needs to drive in runs in the 3 spot.

    Awesome game by CC!

  • dalelama

    Can anyone explain why Girardi waited until Ibanez got to third to put in a pinch runner? All I can think of is he was on the throne when Ibanez got on base and when he came back to the dugout he said “Oh Crap” get Nunez in to run now.

    • not that mike

      i agree – that was very odd, especially with Jeter’s propensity to hit grounders.

  • Steve Sciacco

    Ichiro getting gunned down at 3rd looked horrible at first glance, but after reflecting on it I softened my criticism.
    1) He was 5-5 in his previous attempts as a Yankee.

    2)A player with his speed can score easily on a fly ball or grounder, and he has two chances at getting it. That’s not the case when he standing at 2B. Further, the fly ball can be somewhat shallow or the grounder can be fairly hard hit, so it opens up more possibilities for scoring on the types of batted balls.

    3)Given the RISP fail and lack of situational hitting on this club, with a slumping Alex and ‘my swing is my swing’ Tex due up, it makes even more sense.

    Now if anyone wants to pull out the numbers on Run Expectancy I’d like to see them, but chances are the margins are so slim I throw them out in favor of considering the skill sets of all the players involved. But that’s just me.

    • Neil Treeby

      I was about to comment defending Ichiro’s decision to run as well.

      My thinking was, it’s adding extra pressure on the pitcher/catcher/3B to execute after an already shaky start. With a righty in the box, that’s a tough play, admittedly Wieters is gonna get a GG this year but he’s still got to execute and Machado has to be on point as well.

      Same with Tex, yes he’s struggling to run, but without a perfect bounce, throw and tag, that’s double out of the box. Guess what.

      And the same with Martin(?) being thrown out at the plate on Ichiro’s grounder to second, needs perfect (or in this case near-perfect 2B and GG-standard catcher) execution, and the O’s got it.

      Still can’t get over Grandy’s flyout into the cut-out, that was freaky.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It was frustrating to have the two rally-shortening outs happen, but I appreciated the aggression. The Orioles still had to execute to get those outs, and that wasn’t a guarantee.

  • JohnC

    I don’t care for Ernie Johnson either. he sounds very dull. The guy calling the Cardianls-Nats series, Brian Anderson is much better.

    • Steve Sciacco

      I usually don’t make a big deal over announcers, but TBS thought Cal Ripken, Mr Oriole personified, was a good idea? Can you imagine the outcry if Mariano River or Paul O’Niell was in the booth calling a nationally televised Yankee game?

      • Eddard

        There would be national outcry if a Yankee great was calling Yankee games on a national broadcast. Ripken repeatedly referred to Oriole players by their 1st name like he’s their best buddy. He should not be calling Oriole games.

        Ernie should be in the studio with Kenny and Charles.

        Smoltz kept calling the baseball a frisbee and a bowling ball. It’s a baseball.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          They honestly exceeded by low expectations. I took one look at Smoltz and fucking RIPKEN and thought we were in for a long night and starting reaching for the radio. They weren’t as bad as they could have been. Nothing ever ouright pissed me off…

          ….except for Ripken’s face, which always pisses me the fuck off.

          • Andruw’s Smile

            Someone on the twittersphere had this comment, and even though it probably is out of context it is still hilarious:

            Cal in the 5th “The Yankees wait around for the Home Run Ball”…
            Cal in the 9th “The Yankees don’t just wait around for the home run ball”

            • Kingslayer

              Read Raissman’s column in Daily News about how great Cal did last night on color commentary. If you ask me he sounded like a “homer”. Shame on TBS! Lets get some balance by putting a Yankees great in there, or at the very least, the Boomer!

          • Darren

            Cal “Um” Ripken

  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    That was one helluva crappy sinker by Johnson. Martin was fortunate it started at the shoulders and “sunk’ to thigh level.


  • Eddard

    The Yankees beat down the Os last night in all three phases, offense, pitching and managing. Offense had its chances all night and finally came through in the 9th off a really good closer. CC dominated, threw one bad slider to McClouth. And Joe pushed all the right buttons in the top of the 9th. The hit and run was a great call.

    Concerns are few. Baserunning blunders that won’t happen very often. Alex doesn’t look good at the plate but maybe Chen will be a better matchup for him. Teixera did get two solid hits so that is encouraging.

  • Jim Is Bored

    Was at the game, will be there again tonight. After taking 2 1/2 hours of crap before the game even started, it was so sweet watching the “O’s Faithful” leave as soon as the lead stretched to…two.

    The O’s fans who stayed for the entire 9th were booing the people leaving, while the Yankee fans were cheering. Made the late night completely worth it.

    Let’s do it again tonight, boys!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Lucky you, dude. Have fun tonight.

      Would LOVE LOVE LOVE a win tonight. Bury them. Don’t have to worry about 2 of 3 at home.

    • rek4gehrig

      Yeah I was surprised teh fans were leaving after a two game lead. I guess they didnt get the “it aint over till its over” memo.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I didn’t have the stomach to participate in the game thread last night. I would have made Greg look like Foofa from “Yo Gabba Gabba.” This is when you see the Nervous Nellie in me come on.

    Russell Fucking Martin indeed.

  • teknetic

    The Clemens 15K game against Seattle if anyone wants to watch.

  • Kingslayer

    Read Raissman’s column in Daily News about how great Cal did last night on color commentary. If you ask me he sounded like a “homer”. Shame on TBS! Lets get some balance by putting a Yankees great in there, or at the very least, the Boomer!