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CC Sabathia goes nine as Yankees beat Orioles, move on to ALCS

Oct 12, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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Just as Justin Verlander pitched the Tigers past the A’s, CC Sabathia proved to be the dominant presence as the Yankees beat the Orioles 3-1 in Friday’s decisive Game 5 and advanced to the ALCS.

Sabathia, coming off a win in Game 1 in which he nearly went the distance, did go nine this time for his first complete game in 17 postseason starts. He finished the ALDS with a 1.53 ERA.

The Orioles never put together a serious threat until the eighth. though they did nearly get a run in the sixth. Nate McLouth missed a homer by inches when he pulled a ball down the right-field line; some are even insisting it tipped the foul pole on the way by, though replays were inconclusive. That would have tied the game at 1.

The eighth was more interesting. Lew Ford delivered an RBI single with one out, and thanks to Sabathia’s own mental error on a comebacker, the Orioles loaded the bases afterwards. Sabathia got out of the inning by striking out McLouth and inducing a slow grounder to short from J.J. Hardy.

Had the Yankees bullpen been better rested, Sabathia almost certainly would have departed then. However, since Rafael Soriano pitched one inning Wednesday and two innings Thursday, Sabathia stayed in. He retired Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters in order in the ninth.

Baltimore’s pitching was, once again, excellent. Jason Hammel allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings in his start. The first came after Buck Showalter’s decision not to hold Mark Teixeira on at first base in the fifth, allowing Teixeira to steal second. Raul Ibanez then hit a grounder up the middle that might have resulted in two outs had the Orioles been at double-play depth. Since they weren’t, it proved to be an RBI single.

The Yankees also scored on a Derek Jeter walk and an Ichiro Suzuki RBI double in the sixth and on Curtis Granderson‘s solo homer in the seventh. Granderson went 2-for-3 today after opening the series 1-for-16 with nine strikeouts.

The Bombers will host the Tigers in the Bronx when the ALCS starts on Saturday. With both aces expended, Doug Fister and Andy Pettitte are the expected starters.

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    • number42is1 - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      Pretty much nailed it. way to go Bud!

    • nflfollower - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:13 AM

      Wait, is this what I think it is? Already? The series hasn’t even started!!

  2. mybrunoblog - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    My thoughts….CC was spectacular….I was shocked Girardi let him pitch the 9th. That was old school baseball…Yanks offense finally got off the deck enough to get the hits when they needed them….Orioles are very solid. Look for them to be in the thick of it again in 2013…..Finally, I was hesitant about Ripken being in the booth with the O’s playing but he was a pro’s pro. Ripken is pure class….Hope the ALCS is a good as the ALDS was….

  3. number42is1 - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Yanks outscored the O’s 15-10 this series… take away 9th inning of game 1 and its 10 a piece. thats INSANE pitching on both sides

  4. proudlycanadian - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Arod should not feel too bad. The Yankees won, and both Chavez and Cano had 0 hits in the game.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      Just as you shouldnt feel so bad that the bluejays are not playing this time of year AGAIN!! I mean come on you should be used to it by now…

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      I see that the mouse has emerged from its hole again.

  5. jdrew506 - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Ripken was a pro’s pro? What telecast were you watching.

    • vallewho - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM


    • runrickyrun34 - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      Agreed, and I’m a lifelong O’s fan. When Ripken went on a 20 minute tirade about how a baseball spins. I think putting Ripken on the O’s/Yanks series wasn’t the best of choices. However, I think the TBS broadcasts in general are pretty good. Him and Smoltz just sounded like two bitter old men, making Ernie have to just sit and listen to their old war stories.

      • vallewho - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM


      • ray1950 - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:31 AM

        I swear John Smoltz must be getting paid by the word. He simply NEVER shuts up. And Ernie didn’t help matters by asking John questions that resulted in excruciatingly long, long, long responses. Come on, Smoltz, give us a break and let the action speak for itself.

  6. thatswhatsgooood - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    The thing is that isn’t the end for the Orioles, it’s only the beginning. Great season for Baltimore and our fans. Can’t wait for next season. Let’s Go O’s.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      Baltimore’s two achilles’ heels in the season was SP and hitting. If they get similar results out of their starters next year, as they did in this series, that team is going to be really f’ing good.

  7. butchhuskey - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Apparently, the baseball gods don’t want the underdogs to win this year.

  8. nmrdr795 - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    The bandwagon wheels came off.

  9. libertynchurch - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Great baseball! The Orioles were worthy opponents, and can leave The Bronx knowing that they ‘gave almost as good as they got.’ Because of Balt., CC cannot have two guaranteed starts, and I still believe that the Yanks championship chances went down the drain along with Mariano’s cleat.

  10. runrickyrun34 - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Despite the outcome this was a good series. The more experienced team won but the O’s fought hard all the way through. You can’t really ask for much more. The pitching was stellar for both squads. The Orioles need to do better with situational hitting as well as get faster on the base paths. It was said during the telecast (which I agree with), with the O’s not hitting well it really limits what you can do especially when you don’t have speed. You can’t hit and run with your catcher standing on first. And Hardy’s dribbler in the 8th probably could’ve been beaten out if he had more speed (i.e. – McClouth and Ichiro could’ve outrun it). I just hope the O’s address these needs in the offseason because while they did great this year, this years success guarentees you nothing next year.

    Hats off to the Yankees, great series, see you next year.

  11. libertynchurch - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Interesting critique of the announcers. The comments about identifying the pitch by the size of the thread-circle
    was a clear, concise summary of a camp sesion that I paid hundreds of dollars for. One mans trash is another mans treasure, I guess. Got me to thinking. Why not have an alternate, technical broadcast? I’m sure there would be a market or it.

  12. gmenfan1982 - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Great tight series. Although there was some really bad plate discipline and hitting from both sides, there was also some solid pitching. tight low scoring games. Edge of my seat during every game.

  13. cspsrbums - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Ripken sounded like he played for the Yankees all his career. Maybe trying not to be to O’s bias but Went the whole other way Horrible.. Maybe The os need to buy a team apparently building one doesn’t get it done then maybe they will Have 15 years in the ALDS Baseball needs to fix this

  14. libertynchurch - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Hard to imagine that any sport will be able to legislate equality between big and small markets. Player endorsements and lifestyles of rich, young men. Being a star in Baltimore will always be different than being a star in New York, in perception, if not in reality.

  15. xjokerz - Oct 13, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    Tigers should expect to sweep the Yankees. Yankees get saved by russel Martin and Raul Ibanez vs the os. Luck won’t continue vs a better tigers team. Goodluxk Yankee fans. Gonna need it

  16. yousuxxors - Oct 13, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    im not a yankee fan but stop hating on them because your owner wont spend money. it has been proven that payroll means nothing. giants cards reds as didnt spend that much. even with their payroll missing the playoffs once for tge past 18 years is impressive. they havr what 7 series in there. bigger payroll doesnt mean shit.

  17. mungman69 - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Bigger payroll helps, LOOK IT UP, but it does NOT guarantee wins. If you hate the Yankees, I do, hate those cheap ass owners that won’t spend their money.

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