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Yankees grab lead over Orioles in Game 5 on RBI single from Raul Ibanez

Oct 12, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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After playing hero in Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday night, Raul Ibanez is being a thorn in the Orioles’ side again today.

Thanks to an RBI single by Ibanez in the bottom of the fifth, the Yankees have jumped out to a 1-0 lead over the Orioles in Game 5.

Mark Teixeira singled to lead off to the bottom of the fifth inning for the first hit of the day off Jason Hammel. After realizing that he wasn’t being held on by Mark Reynolds at first base, Teixeira then successfully stole second base, bum calf and all. Ibanez followed with a slow roller through the middle to bring him around to score. The interesting part is that if Teixeira was held on, the Ibanez grounder likely would have resulted in a double-play.

Sabathia is looking pretty tough thus far, holding the Orioles to just one hit and a walk while striking out four. If he’s at the top of his game, one run might be enough.

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    We secretly replaced Mark Teixeira with Rickey Henderson. Let’s see if the Orioles notice…

  2. thatswhatsgooood - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Wow the ball hit the fucking poll. ROBBED

    • theawesomersfranchise - Oct 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      I think the 2nd replay shows the angle of decent changing slightly, meaning it hit the pole, a Yankee usher said it barely hit the pole. But I don’t think they were robbed.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      • kitshky - Oct 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

        Ya, the close up replay from directly in front of the pole (not the first close up from the side which did kinda show it change subtly) did kind of seem to just go straight by the pole but even that was inconclusive… either way no way conclusive enough to overturn any ruling on the field or consider it a “robbery”.

  3. rj88888 - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Baltimore is getting out managed. May be enough to win the series.

  4. randygnyc - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Smoltz and Ripken were begging and praying that Mclouths ball was fair. What disgusting, biased, pigs.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      Smoltz is an idiot. No one was “fearing” Rivera in ’96 when he was the set-up man to Wetteland. In fact, when Rivera blew the game in ’97 against Alomar, there was a big todo about whether he could actually replace Wetteland.

  5. mplsjoe - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Buck cost his team the game by not holding Tex on. Stupid.

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