Handing out labels following Baltimore’s restoration of order in one-run/extra-inning outcomes, this time a season-saving 2-1, 13-inning victory in NY …
Joe Saunders — Count your lucky stars when you get five and two-thirds innings of one-run ball from Joe Saunders in a playoff game. And this is second time it’s happened in a week. Joe Saunders!
Nate McLouth — A home run, a basehit, a walk, and a hell of a catch on Jayson Nix’s deep drive that doubled up Russell Martin. Nate McLouth!
Darren O’Day and Pedro Strop — O’Day took the baton in a tight spot in the eighth, and handed it to Strop, who kept it tied into the 13th. That’s a combined four and two-thirds of scoreless baseball when even just one run would’ve ended the season.
Tommy Hunter, Luis Ayala, Brian Matusz and Troy Patton — Four shorties used for one and two-thirds of scoreless ball.
Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy — A pair of doubles in the 13th to give the O’s a go-ahead run. (Love you, Manny.)
Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Mark Reynolds — Combined 0-for-17 with seven K and 10 LOB.
Lew Ford — Picked off first while pinch-running for Jim Thome.
Ryan Flaherty — Oops.
Miscellaneous notes that are neither winners nor losers: Derek Jeter’s foot … A-Rod’s unclutchness … Joba Chamberlain sighting … Matt Wieters’ broken bat … Joe Girardi’s dad