Orioles outlast Yankees in 13 to force a fifth game

The good:

  • Once again, the Yankees got some stellar pitching from their entire staff. Phil Hughes didn’t last quite as long as the top three guys did earlier in the series, but he did give the team 6.2 innings of one run ball, working out of a couple of jams and only being victimized by a solo home run by McLouth. He allowed four hits in total, walked three Orioles, but also struck out eight batters. Good stuff that should have been good enough for the win.
  • The bullpen was also great again, with Boone Logan retiringthe one batter he faced before handing things off to David Robertson and Rafael Soriano. Ultimately, those three guys plus Joba Chamberlain, Clay Rapada, David Phelps, and Derek Lowe would all pitch. Phelps gave up the two doubles in the 13th to get saddled with the loss, but no one pitched poorly by any means.

The bad:

  • Once again, the offense was just absolutely horrid.
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ALDS Game 4: Let’s Avoid Game 5, Shall We?

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Nate McLouth, LF Derek Jeter, DH
J.J. Hardy, SS Ichiro Suzuki, LF
Chris Davis, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Adam Jones, CF Robinson Cano, 2B
Matt Wieters, C Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Jim Thome, DH Nick Swisher, RF
Mark Reynolds, 1B Russell Martin, C
Ryan Flaherty, 2B Curtis Granderson, CF
Manny Machado, 3B Jayson Nix, SS
Joe Saunders, SP Phil Hughes, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:37...

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ALDS Game 4 preview: Finish them!

Phil Hughes:

If you had told me back in April that Phil Hughes would be the Yankees fourth starter in the playoffs, I probably wouldn’t have been very happy about the prospect. But after that terrible start to the season, Hughes has really turned it around to the point where there was never any debate that he’d be the team’s fourth option, and frankly one of the better fourth starters in the entire postseason. He’s still got a problem with giving up home runs, of course, but he’s been able to limit the damage in part by becoming a strike throwing machine that rarely hands out a free pass. He might consider taking the Orioles out of the zone a bit early tonight, however, given their high strikeout rate as a team and the fact that they could well come out pressing as they face the possible end of their season.

Hughes made four starts against the Orioles, with the last one coming back on September 7th.…

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A New Phase in Alex Rodriguez's Career

When Joe Torre moved Alex Rodriguez down to the 8th spot in the order in Game 4 of the 2006 ALDS, it was a terribly stupid move. Arod was struggling, like the rest of the team at the time, but was one of the best hitters in the American League that year. A combination of...

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