Grandiose Victory in Extras; 7-to-3

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Craig Landefeld

The Orioles played tough baseball through 14 innings in the Bronx. They won the battle of bullpens and pitching defense. Pedro Alvarez made the best of his late-game insertion. The Yankees used eight pitchers in 14 innings of battle.

Player of Game:
Kevin Gausman

Starting Pitching:
– Kevin Gausman threw 96 pitches (61 strikes) while matching CC Sabathia through five innings, striking out three and allowing two runs and a walk. He used a 93-95 MPH fastball and a sinker that did not get called as a strike often by the umpire. As opposed to his last outing, Gausman worked down in the strike zone. He threw multiple changeups as well as a few sliders.

Highlighted hitting moments:
– Chris Davis homered to deep right-center.
– Manny Machado hit his first two homers of the season and was on base six times
– Pedro Alvarez entered the game in extra innings and went two for two with the grand slam game-winner as the topper.

Highlighted pitching moments:
– Pedro Araujo was the winning pitcher with two scoreless innings of work.
– Mychal Givens walked two and struck out three in his two innings of work. 
– Miguel Castro allowed a solo home run to tie the game in his two and one-third inning of work. It was the only hit he permitted. Castro struck out two.

– Richard Bleier is a magical beast. Somehow he pitched an inning and two-thirds of scoreless baseball.

Highlighted defensive plays
– Mychal Givens, a pitcher, and reformed short-stop is not a catcher. He blocked the plate in the eleventh inning to save the game.

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Michael Williams
Michael Williams has been an Orioles fan since the sixties when his family moved from Reading Pa to York Pa. Also, the Phillies and 1964. His Grandfather got the Chef Boyardee box seats and Mike was hooked. Brooks Robinson calls him not a fan, but a friend. He has been a member of the Orioles Hangout since early in the New Millennium and Managing Editor since 2011. Or so it seems. He lives in Harrisburg PA, down by the river. Not currently in a van.