10/09/12 12:55 AM ET
Did you know? ALDS Game 2: O's 3, Yanks 2
By Steven Miller, Adam Rosenbloom and Chris Toman / MLB.com
The Orioles went 15 years to the day between home postseason wins at Camden Yards, taking Game 2 on Monday after winning Game 1 of the 1997 American League Championship Series against the Indians on Oct. 8.
Baltimore improved to 2-0 in the postseason when leading after seven innings with its 3-2 win against New York. The Orioles posted a 74-0 record in those circumstances during the regular season.
Wei-Yin Chen was 1-1 with a 2.28 ERA in four starts during the regular season when he had six or more days of rest. With six days' rest Monday, Chen went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits, walking one and striking out three with a career-high 112 pitches.
Chen became the third Taiwanese-born pitcher to start a playoff game in Major League history, joining Chien-Ming Wang and Hong-Chih Kuo. Each has one career postseason victory.
Chen threw just four pitches in the fifth, retiring the Yankees in order. The last pitcher to have a 1-2-3 inning on four pitches or fewer in the postseason was Boston's Tim Wakefield in Game 4 of the 2008 AL Championship Series against Tampa Bay.
Andy Pettitte became the fourth-oldest Yankee to make a postseason start with his seven-plus innings Monday at 40 years, three months and 24 days old. Only Roger Clemens (45 in 2007), Randy Johnson (43 in '06) and David Wells (40 years, 4 months in '03) were older, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. None won their final playoff start.
Pettitte threw at least seven innings for the 19th time in 43 career playoff starts. He needed 98 pitches to pitch into the eighth -- the most pitches he threw since returning from nearly three months on the disabled list with a fractured left ankle. The loss dropped Pettitte's record to 12-4 in seven-plus-inning starts.
Pettitte's first-inning strikeout of Chris Davis moved him into sole possession of second on the all-time postseason leaderboard behind John Smoltz (199). Pettitte entered the game tied with Clemens at 173, but struck out five Monday to increase his total to 178.
Davis continued the form that earned him AL Player of the Week honors on Sept. 30 with a 2-for-4 night with two RBIs. The right fielder is 22-for-55 in the past 15 games with 13 runs and 15 RBIs.
Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Ichiro Suzuki are the first trio of teammates with at least 2,500 hits apiece to play together in a postseason game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They are a combined 8-for-28 with five runs and three RBIs to start the ALDS. Jeter has a five-game postseason hitting streak and Ichiro has reached safely in each of his 12 career playoff games, recording a hit in 11 of them.
Nick Swisher is just 1-for-33 in his postseason career with runners in scoring position. His inning-ending flyout with Brian Matusz pitching in the seventh stranded runners at second and third.
Jeter's throwing error in the fourth inning Monday marked the first time since the 2004 ALCS that the shortstop made two errors in a single playoff series. Jeter made a fielding error in Game 1 of the ALDS in Baltimore. He made a career-high three errors in the 2004 postseason, which ended with a Game 7 loss to the Red Sox in the ALCS.
The O's J.J. Hardy made his first error in more than a month in the sixth inning, allowing Russell Martin to reach first base, but not leading to any damage. The shortstop made only six errors this season, with the most recent one proving costly in a Sept. 1 loss to the Yankees.
Steven Miller, Adam Rosenbloom and Chris Toman are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.