Yankees lament missing a chance to take a 2-0 ALDS lead over Orioles

October 09, 2012|By Childs Walker | The Baltimore Sun

Monday's game started with a spectacular play for the New York Yankees, as Ichiro Suzuki practically did a lap around Matt Wieters to score the evening's first run.

When Suzuki was asked about the play after the game, he could only laugh.

But the next eight innings weren't so joyous for the Yankees as they tallied only one more run off Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen and three relievers in a 3-2 loss that evened the division series at 1-1.

Asked if his team was happy with a split in Baltimore, shortstop Derek Jeter said: "You don't come here saying you want to split. You come here wanting to win every game, and we didn't win today."

Jeter praised Chen's precision after a rough first inning.

"He was hitting his spots," the Yankees captain said. "He was going after guys, challenging people, throwing his fastball. He was hitting his spots today."

Though Jeter and several others praised Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, Pettitte was hard on himself.

"I felt really good early and pretty suspect after that," he said. "The stuff was real crisp early, and I didn't feel like I was very sharp after that."

Pettitte felt he cost his team the game with a bad pitch to orioles rightfielder Chris Davis, who smacked a two-run single in the third inning.

"Obviously the game came down to I made a mistake to Davis," said Pettitte, the career leader in postseason wins. "I just left him a ball right in the middle of the zone to hit. And that was a serious mistake by me in that situation. Really, obviously, that pretty much cost us the game."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he expected a tough series with the Orioles but has faith that his team will bounce back on Wednesday in New York.

"I believe these guys are going to come through," he said when asked if he was worried. "I believe they're going to put good at-bats, they're going to keep putting runners on, and they're going to break through. I believe in them."

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