Game 2 of the Orioles-Yankees American League Division Series turned on one play, according to Alex Rodriguez. That play was second baseman Robert Andinos spearing catch of Rodriguezs low line drive up the middle, which turned into a double play in the first inning.
A lot of momentum changed. Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen got confidence and pitched well, Rodriguez said. Its a big momentum change if the ball goes through.
That was just one of the opportunities the Yankees didnt cash in on. They went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Throughout the season, even when the Yankees were holding a comfortable lead in the American League East, they werent consistently delivering hits when they had runners on second or third. But their power a major-league-leading 245 homers made up for the lack of getting the key hit.
Missed opportunities, but give them credit they made pitches, Mark Teixeira said. The Yankees first baseman went 2-for-4, with two singles, though he didnt come up with a chance to drive in any runs.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Orioles manager Buck Showalters move to walk the Yankees top hitter, Robinson Cano, in the seventh inning, with the tying run on second base:
So you see how the masters of close, late games Baltimore is now 30-9 in contests decided by one run are going to operate. Cano has a better chance of being elected governor of Maryland than getting a hittable pitch with the outcome on the line.
During the TBS telecast, field reporter Craig Sager brought out a decibel meter to show just how loud the Camden Yards crowd was. His meter registered up to 120 louder, he said, than the noisiest NBA arena he has encountered, in Oklahoma City. According to this chart, the Os fans were louder than sandblasting or a rock concert.
Louder, even, than one of Sagers sport coats.