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Orioles-Yankees ALDS Game 4 Winners & Losers

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 FordPicked off first while pinch-running for Jim Thome.

Ryan FlahertyOops.

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

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. illformula

    October 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Status quo.

    One more, please…

  2. Johnny Blades

    October 12, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Man, you really gotta tip your hat to Joe Saunders for performing at his best in the orange and black, and also to Dan Duquette for being the only guy on the planet who saw this in Joe Saunders

  3. ThisGuy

    October 12, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    God fucking bless that pitching. Meanwhile, Chris Davis had the most pathetic at-bats I’ve ever witnessed. He’s not even trying anymore.

  4. jon forrester

    October 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    That’s West Springfield HS and Va Tech’s own Joe Saunders.

  5. Illformula

    October 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Everyone not named machado or mclouth should’ve been forced to take BP until the sun came up this morning.

    /shit I’d never thought I’d say

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