As the American League Division Series heads to New York, the Yankees and the Orioles are now tied at one game each. Ichiro Suzuki turned in the appearance of the night on the basepaths, making an acrobatic leap around and then over Orioles catcher Matt Wieters to score the first run of the game when Robinson Cano doubled to right field. Just one batter before Cano, Robert Andino robbed Alex Rodriguez of an RBI of his own, when he made a great play on a hard-hit line drive to second base and subsequently doubled off Derek Jeter.
“I can’t believe he made that play,” Rodriguez said after the game. “It was really an incredible play. I thought that ball was by him. I saw it into center field, it’s first-and-third, 1-0, and here we go. … That’s a big momentum change for them. That ball goes through, we might score two or three in the first and the momentum changes for us. The one thing about the playoffs, you might have the biggest play of the game in the first inning. I think tonight we saw that.”
That would be all for the Yankees offensive attack until the seventh inning. Designated hitter Eduardo Nunez led off with a double into center field, and was brought home one batter later when Derek Jeter singled to left field. Later in the inning, the Yankees appeared to be pushing to tie the game at three as they had runners at second and third with two outs. Nick Swisher, who suggested before the series that he might “pull an A-Rod this postseason,” looked all too much like the Yankees third baseman as he flied out to left field, ending the inning and the Yankees’ chances for a rally.
Andy Pettitte turned in a solid performance on the mound, but it was not enough to secure a Yankees victory. The veteran left-hander tossed seven innings on Monday, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five Orioles hitters. Pettitte, who is currently baseball’s all-time postseason wins leader, had just one bad inning on the night when he allowed two runs and five straight baserunners in the third. He also allowed a run in the seventh inning when Mark Reynolds singled home Matt Wieters.
The teams will head north to the Bronx for Wednesday night’s game three with the series tied at one win each after the victory by the Orioles. Game time for Wednesday night is 7:37 PM if the Reds or Tigers don’t sweep on Tuesday, and 8:37 if either team does complete their series sweep. Game three will feature Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32 ERA) pitching for the Yankees against Miguel Gonzalez (9-4, 3.25 ERA) for the Orioles.