Instant Analysis from Orioles' Game 3 loss to Yankees
Oct 11, 2012 | 12:28 AM
Baltimore Sun writers react to the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS:
Eduardo A. Encina, Orioles beat reporter
We came to believe that the Orioles just dont lose in extra innings, but then they met Raul Ibanez. For most of the game, they kept Yankee Stadium at snooze level. This game wasn't lost in the ninth or even the 12th. The Orioles couldn't capitalize on Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda's early control problems. Now it will take their best display of resilience yet to continue their season.
Dan Connolly, Orioles and baseball reporter
Terrible heartbreaker for the Orioles. Will be tough to overcome, though they have bounced back after tough losses before. That's been a major strength. But this one has to sting. Jim Johnson and Brian Matusz have been so good, and then they meet Raul Ibanez.
Home-run dramatics aside, this was a heck of a game if you like pitching. The obvious headliner was Miguel Gonzalez, who mixed his stuff beautifully and got stronger as the game went along. Given the setting, it's probably the best game he has ever pitched and another testament to the Orioles resourcefulness in finding talent this year. But Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda was awfully good as well, keeping the Orioles from building big innings throughout the night.
Peter Schmuck, columnist
Devastating loss basically upended the two otherworldly statistics that have made the Orioles what they are. Yankees snapped 16-game extra-inning win streak and sullied Orioles' 76-0 combined record in regular season and postseason games they were leading after seven innings. Now we get to see if they can really stay in the moment.
Orioles fans yearned for playoff baseball and, well, these kinds of excruciating losses are a part of the deal -- especially when you go up against a team like the Yankees. The O's aren't the first team to lose a game like this in the Bronx in the postseason -- and they won't be the last -- but they're still alive. They're going to need their offensive stars to come alive and take a little pressure off the pitching staff if they want to survive this series.