The series going on in Baltimore right now is one of most important that will take place in September. Both the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles are fighting for a chance in the playoffs and at this point, every pitch is as important as they come. This might as well be playoff ball, for whoever comes out on top will find themselves in much better position to take a wildcard slot.
After Chris Davis’ two-run home run in the third inning, the second game of the series appeared to have gotten out of hand for the Yankees. It was a great example of how a baseball game can change very quickly. Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova was beginning to stumble on the mound and a mental error by Alex Rodriguez’s at third, set things up perfectly for Davis; when Nova left a hanging breaking ball up, he didn’t miss it.
All seemed well for the Orioles until the top of the eighth inning when things went south. Rodriguez stepped to the plate looking to redeem himself for his error earlier in the game. Off the first pitch, a fastball down and in, Rodriguez smashed the ball down the left field line for a lead off double and was then knocked in Robinson Cano to tie the game. Not a minute later, Alfonso Soriano followed up with his second home run of the day.
The Yankees showed resolve. With their entire season on the line, they stepped up and took control of their destiny. Game 2 of the decisive series was a show for the power hitters of the AL East, and despite Davis’ best efforts, Soriano and the Yankees were the better showmen on Tuesday. The two desperate ball clubs will face off in a rubber match on Wednesday night.