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Jim Johnson bounces back as Orioles even ALDS with Yankees

Oct 9, 2012, 12:14 AM EDT

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Jim Johnson took the loss in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees last night by giving up five runs (four earned) in the ninth inning while retiring just one batter. But he redeemed himself tonight.

Johnson, who led the majors with 51 saves during the regular season, pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save as the Orioles topped the Yankees 3-2 to tie the ALDS at 1-1. Yes, it was another one-run win for Baltimore. It was also the O’s first playoff win at Camden Yards since Game 1 of the 1997 ALCS against the Indians.

Wei-Yin Chen was excellent for the Orioles, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out three. Darren O’Day fanned Alex Rodriguez for a big strikeout in the seventh while Brian Matusz was impressive yet again, getting four crucial outs, including two strikeouts. While the ninth inning was a nightmare for Johnson last night, it was pretty uneventful this time around. He induced ground outs from Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki before striking out Rodriguez swinging to end it.

Chris Davis and Mark Reynolds were the heroes on offense for the O’s. Davis had a two-run single in the bottom of the third while Reynolds’ opposite-field single in the sixth ended up being the difference in the ballgame.

The series will resume Wednesday at Yankee Stadium when Miguel Gonzalez pitches for the Orioles and Hiroki Kuroda starts for the Bombers.

  1. rockthered1286 - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    What happened to that sweep prediction??

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      You should ask Drew, the guy who actually wrote the prediction.

      • rockthered1286 - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:54 AM

        Or maybe it was a general comment to everyone who agreed with Drew who wrote the post, knowing they’d all be reading this article and should be putting their foot in their collective mouths after the O’s took the second game. But perhaps their all too busy whining about A-Rod for being a non-clutch hitter, yanno, a day after praising this entire team and saying how amazing and unstoppable they are and how Chen didn’t stand a chance against them. Slight miscalculation Marty.

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      • nameisstan - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:38 AM

        Ride your bike somewher else. This is about the O’s.

  2. Kleinz 57 - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Got nothing personal against the Yankees. But I’ll be damned if it wasn’t great seeing so much excitement in a Camden crowd tonight. In October no less. Awesome.

  3. jeffperk - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Way to go O’s!!! Where’s that HBT writer who said the Yankees would sweep??!!! ORIOLES!!!! # BUCKLEUP

    • randomdigits - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      I am not sure why you wouldn’t expect a sweep after all in the regular season the teams split the series 9-9 with the O’s holding a 2 run differential advantage.

      With proof like that of Yankee dominance who wouldn’t expect a sweep?

  4. Loose Changeup - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    I was pretty nervous, since Jim J has loaded the bases in his last 2 outings, but he did just fine against 3 future hall of famers tonight.

    And that’s why Buck is the manager and I’m on the internet

  5. xjokerz - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Oh you mean the Yankees can’t start fat cc every game ? Shocker

    Go O’s

    • protectthishouse54 - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      good one brah

  6. mungman69 - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    Biker mate? Who cares.

  7. sidelineshot - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    That pitcher’s delivery reminds me a bit of Jim Palmer – not that I am comparing Johnson with the hall of famer.

  8. siggtacular - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    orioles magic!!!

    • dayumyou - Oct 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      hocus pocus???

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