ALDS Game 5 Live Blog: Yankees Send Orioles Home
The magical 2012 Orioles season is over.
The Yankees defeated the Orioles, 3-1, during Game 5 of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium Friday evening. With the win, New York advances to the AL Championship Series against the Tigers, while the Orioles' season comes to a close.
Orioles starter Jason Hammel began the game by throwing four scoreless innings before surrendering one run each during the fifth and sixth innings. Yankees outfielder Raul Ibanez knocked in the first run and Ichiro Suzuki plated the second with an RBI double. Orioles reliever Troy Patton gave up a solo home run to Curtis Granderson during the seventh inning.
Yankees ace CC Sabathia, meanwhile, threw seven scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. The Orioles got to him in the eighth, scoring one run on an RBI single from Lew Ford. The Birds loaded the bases during the inning, but managed just the one run.
Baltimore got a runner in scoring position during its half of the fourth, but failed to score. O's outfielder Nate McClouth then sent a drive into the right-field stands during the sixth, but the umpires ruled it was just foul. Besides their eighth-inning rally, the Orioles offense didn't threaten the Yankees.
Sabathia ended up going the distance, throwing nine innings for a complete-game victory. It was Sabathia's second win of the series. Against the Orioles, he worked 17.2 innings, giving up 12 hits and three runs. His ERA is a stingy 1.53 during the postseason. The Orioles batted just .205 against New York.
Adam Jones, the team's most valuable player during the regular season, was just 2-for-26 during the postseason, with one RBI. He batted .077 and was not alone in his struggles. Power hitters Chris Davis, Mark Reynolds and Jim Thome were 10 for 61 with three RBIs. None of the three hit homers.
The team's best player during the postseason might have been McLouth, who hit .308 with five RBIs and two extra-base hits.
The Orioles put together one of the greatest runs in team history and will be remembered, perhaps more than anything, for restoring Baltimore's love of baseball.
Posted Oct. 12, 2012 (updated at 10:23 p.m.)