Welcome to round two of the BSMY Tournament! Here’s our first matchup of the day, coming in from the Unitas Region.
#1 Orioles First Playoff Win at Camden Yards Since 1997
After allowing an early Robinson Cano RBI double, Wei-Yin Chen (6.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) held the Yankees in check, Chris Davis plated two with a single, and the O’s pen was as good as advertised with Darren O’Day, Brian Matusz, and Jim Johnson shutting the door on a 3-2 Orioles victory 15 years in the making. In my opinion, this might’ve been the biggest win of the season for the O’s. If they had been swept by the Yankees in the first round, the advanced statisticians would’ve swarmed Baltimore like piranhas with their run differential centered stories. Instead, the Orioles went to the Bronx tied 1-1 with a legitimate chance to win the series.
#8 Steve Johnson Gets Win 23 Years To The Night Dave Johnson Gets His First Win
In one of the more special moments of the 2012 season, Steve Johnson notched his first major league victory on August 8th as the O’s beat the Mariners 9-2, pitching six innings and striking out nine batters. The cool part about it? The win came exactly 23 years to the night, his father Dave Johnson notched a complete-game first victory in the majors beating the Minnesota Twins at Memorial Stadium during the 1989 Why Not? season.
I recall noticing how nervous Dave was up close and personal in the press box and then how exuberant he was after for his son picking up the victory.
Voting is open from 8:00 AM on Tuesday February 26 to 8:00 AM Wednesday February 27.