When you come to write one of the most beautiful stories of the regular season, why settle for making an appearance in the playoffs? Victim of a fatal collapse in the ninth inning of the first game of duel that pits them against Yankees New York, Baltimore Orioles responded with a 3-2 win that allowed them to come back face to face with the champions of their division Monday night. A two-run single by Chris Davis led the Orioles to take the lead in the third inning.
Mark Reynolds produced the decisive point with a hit to the company field in the sixth. For his first career playoff start, Wei-Yin Chen has beard veteran Andy Pettitte. The young lefty Taiwan spaced eight hits and one walk in six innings. Chen had a 1-2 record with an average of 5.25 in four outings against the Yankees this season, including two in September during which he was awarded 11 points in 11 innings.
Darren O’Day and Brian Matusz he came in relief before Jim Johnson, author of 51 saves in the regular season does not come close the books by removing the Yankees in order in the ninth. He retired Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki on rolling, before ending the game with a strikeout against Alex Rodriguez.
Anyway, the Orioles have used the same formula that helped them qualify for the playoffs for first time in 15 years the excellent work of the levator and ability to win close games. The Orioles have compiled a record of 29-9 this season in games ending by a margin of one point and 74-0 when they had the lead after seven innings.
Pettitte, whose 19 wins and 43 departures are peaks in the history of the series, conceded three runs and seven hits in over seven innings of work. He came out of retirement earlier this season to start in the playoffs and was effective, but Chen was best.
Pettitte was however unsuccessful offensive victim of its own. The Yankees left 10 runners on the trail and were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position. ‘s game No. 3 of the five series will be held Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.