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Miguel Gonzalez shows his mettle versus Yankees

Oct 11, 2012, 12:04 AM EDT

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Raul Ibanez will be the subject of tomorrow morning’s headlines, but Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez owned the Yankees on Wednesday night. The rookie right-hander struck out eight and walked none in seven innings at Yankee Stadium. The one run he surrendered was the result of Adam Jones taking two steps in on a Derek Jeter “triple” that ended up over the center fielder’s head.

Gonzalez just doesn’t seem to understand the fact that Yankee Stadium is a difficult place to pitch. He’s made three starts there and gone 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA and a 25/1 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings. It would have been 3-0 if Jim Johnson could have held the lead tonight.

The 28-year-old Gonzalez may well be the biggest surprise of all of the surprises on the Baltimore roster. A one-time Angels farmhand, he was selected by the Red Sox in the Dec. 2008 Rule 5 draft. He hurt his elbow the next spring, spent the entire 2009 season on the DL and then showed little in the Boston farm system the next two years. In 2011, he went 0-7 with a 5.40 ERA at three levels of the minors. The Orioles signed him last winter as a minor league free agent, and now he’s dominating the Yankees in the postseason. It’s a funny game, that’s for sure.

  1. bozosforall - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Matthew Poulet,

    “IF”s don’t win ballgames…much to your Yankee-hating chagrin. Kuroda pitched well enough to win IF he had gotten a bit more run support…see how little credibility that statement has too?

    Ibanez is the rightful hero tonight…so don’t rain on his parade just because you don’t like his team. Raul rules.

    • Loose Changeup - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      There’s going to be approximately 162,000 articles about Ibanez written tonight, suggest you go read one of those.

      Kuroda gave up 2 HR to two youngsters, and struck out 3. Gonzalez struck out 8, walked nobody, and kept the ball in the park. I’m glad someone noticed.

      • bozosforall - Oct 17, 2012 at 12:14 AM

        Doesn’t change the fact that Poulet is a jealous Yankee hater…just like you, Loose Bung.

    • captn58crunch - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      Easy for you to make the IF’s comment. Let me see, would you be saying the IF on your side, IF Adam Jones knows how to play the outfield and Showalter keeps Gonzales in the game. Either one of those and Ibanez is not a story.

      Ibanez got two meatball fastballs from two stupid relievers (who were probably warned a dozen times not to give this guy a fastball). My grandmother could have hit those pitches.

      You are a hypocrite.

      • bozosforall - Oct 17, 2012 at 12:15 AM

        The “IF” was a sarcastic one, moron.

  2. pisano - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Guess what, no AL team struck out more than the Yankees. Gonzalez is a good pitcher, no doubt, but the bottom line is Yankees 3, O’s 2, It’s like the old sayings goes: ” it’s not how, it’s how many”

  3. lazlosother - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Yah, funny game. Gonzalez had an excellent outing, he’s been poison for NY. Thank the baseball Gods that Girardi had the fortitude to PH for ARod.

  4. nmrdr795 - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Yankee hatin continues. Yanks must be doing something right. Like beating the irrelevant os and their bandwagon fans. Then we get a bias sports writer who because he never got picked for his litlle league squad hates the big dogs. You should have wrote an article on how the os look better in their uniforms cause they were cleaner it would have been more interesting. Hater.

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