The Baltimore Orioles came to win this past Monday night at Camden Yards. Rookie Wei-Yin Chen outpitched 40-year-old Andy Pettite to complete a 3-2 victory against the New York Yankees. This game evened their AL division series at one game apiece.
Jim Johnson, major league saves leader for the Orioles, pitched a perfect ninth to close it out. Manager Buck Showalter commented, “It’s really easy, like I said last night, to trust Jim Johnson. He’s done it a few times for us. He’s having a special year, a special year.”
After the game the Orioles took to the clubhouse where they were met by owner Peter Angelos. Outfielder Adam Jones said, “It is great that he was in there. Obviously it meant a lot to him as much as it did us and the fans. He doesn’t come in here a lot. He takes care of business up there and we take care of it on the field. Hopefully, the next time I see him he will be holding a trophy.”
The remaining three games in the series will be held at Yankee Stadium beginning on Wednesday night with Game 3. Hiroki Kuroda will start for the Yankees against rookie Miguel Gonzales. Baltimore wone all three series at Yankee Stadium this year so the Yankees will really have to step it up to keep in the playoffs.
The Orioles are hopeful. “You definitely don’t want to go into New York in a five-game series down two games,” Chris Davis said. “This is big– having the day off tomorrow, hopefully building some momentum, and we can take that into New York.”
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