Baltimore Sun writers react to the Orioles' 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the ALDS:
Eduardo A. Encina, Orioles beat reporter
The Orioles clawed back from the brink all season long, so it's fitting that their season would be decided in Game 5 of the ALDS. They faced tremendous pitching throughout the playoffs, and had outstanding mound efforts of their own, but now that this group of Orioles has set a new bar, their next step is to know they need more clutch hits against premier pitching. Only then will they beat teams like the Yankees.
Dan Connolly, Orioles and baseball reporter
Unbuckle. The Orioles had a wild ride, an incredibly unexpected ride. But their offense didn't show up. Their best hitters were, simply put, beaten by Yankees pitching. Nonetheless, it was one heck of a series.
Childs Walker, sports enterprise reporter
There will be a lot of talk about the sketchy call on Nate McLouth's fly ball, but the bottom line is that the Orioles did not hit enough to win this series. McLouth, in fact, was the club's only consistent threat against the Yankees. Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters simply couldn't get untracked, partly because of good pitching and partly because they were perhaps too eager to do well. This was a series where the loss of Nick Markakis was deeply felt. He's one of the best on the team at working at-bats.
Peter Schmuck, columnist
The Orioles accomplished more than anyone could have expected back when spring training camp opened eight months ago, but their young hitters seemed to feel the weight of the new expectations they created during the course of their terrific 93-win season. There's probably a lesson to be learned there for the next time they pass this way, which might be fairly soon.
David Selig, Orioles and baseball editor
It's unfortunate to have any controversy in a game like this, because you know the talk of Nate McLouth's fair or foul ball will be what everybody remembers from tonight. But hopefully people remember the 2012 Orioles season for much more than that. Sure, the hitters went cold at the worst time. But the Orioles were a few swings away from baseball's final four and proved throughout the final weeks of this special season that they belonged here in the playoffs, competing with baseball's best. Until the spring...