Baltimore (67-86) at NY Yankees (84-71)

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    History awaits Waters in Stadium finale

    Like it or not, Chris Waters will become the answer to a trivia question on Sunday night. The unassuming southpaw starter will become one of two pitchers to start the final game at venerable Yankee Stadium, an opportunity sure to grant him a national stage and a small but realistic chance to etch his name into the sport's record books forever.

    Orioles probable pitcher

    Chris Waters

    • #29 LHP
    • (3-3) 4.75 ERA 25 SO
    Orioles Against the Blue Jays in his last start, Waters spun the best outing of his young career. The 28-year-old rookie allowed just four hits in his first shutout. With the help of his strong sinker, accompanied with a side-arm delivery that he occasionally mixed in to surprise Toronto's hitters, the left-hander did not allow a runner to reach second base until the eighth inning. Waters also did not face more than four batters in any one inning. By the end of the game, his season ERA plummeted almost a full run, from 5.73 to 4.75.
      W-L ERA IP BB SO AVG
    Career 3-3 4.75 53.0 23 25 .264
    Season 3-3 4.75 53.0 23 25 .264
    September 2-4 3.60 20.0 7 11 .243

    Series at a Glance

    Standings - 09/21/2008 W L PCT GB Home Away
    Baltimore Orioles (AL East) 67 86 .438 25.0 36-37 31-49
    New York Yankees (AL East) 84 71 .542 9.0 47-33 37-38
    Stats - 09/21/2008 AVG R HR RBI SB SO ERA IP H BB SO
    BAL .268 761 171 729 76 942 5.09 1356.2 1466 657 870
    NYY .271 743 172 715 111 964 4.30 1378.0 1419 465 1087
    Entrusted with the awesome responsibility of making sure Yankee Stadium closes the way it opened, with a Yankees victory, Andy Pettitte will throw the first pitches of the final game to be played under these lights in the Bronx.

    Yankees probable pitcher

    Andy Pettitte

    • #46 LHP
    • (13-14) 4.57 ERA 155 SO
    Yankees: In his final tuneup before he takes the mound for the last game at Yankee Stadium, Pettitte picked up a career-high fifth straight loss Tuesday against the White Sox. One inning spoiled the outing as he gave up three runs in the fourth and four earned runs total, striking out four. He recorded three walks, one intentional, through his six innings, and one forced in a run as the bases were loaded. Pettitte will look for just his second win since July 31 on Sunday. He is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in two starts against Baltimore this season.
      W-L ERA IP BB SO AVG
    Career 214-127 3.89 2726.2 844 1999 .271
    Season 13-14 4.57 199.0 54 155 .289
    September 0-6 5.09 17.2 5 18 .301
    Vs. Baltimore 2-0 1.32 13.2 1 8 .231

    Orioles hitters vs Andy Pettitte

      2008 2003-2007
    Hitter AVG AB HR RBI AVG AB HR RBI
    Clevenger, Steve - - - - - - - -
    De Aza, Alejandro - - - - - - - -
    Flaherty, Ryan - - - - - - - -
    Hardy, J.J. - - - - .083 12 0 0
    Hassan, Alex - - - - - - - -
    Jones, Adam .333 6 0 0 .444 9 0 0
    Joseph, Caleb - - - - - - - -
    Lavarnway, Ryan - - - - - - - -
    Lough, David - - - - - - - -
    Machado, Manny - - - - - - - -
    Navarro, Rey - - - - - - - -
    Ohlman, Mike - - - - - - - -
    Paredes, Jimmy - - - - - - - -
    Pearce, Steve - - - - - - - -
    Schoop, Jonathan - - - - - - - -
    Urrutia, Henry - - - - - - - -
    Walker, Christian - - - - - - - -
    Wieters, Matt - - - - - - - -

    Yankees hitters vs Chris Waters

      2008 2003-2007
    Hitter AVG AB HR RBI AVG AB HR RBI
    Austin, Tyler - - - - - - - -
    Beltran, Carlos - - - - - - - -
    Ellsbury, Jacoby .333 3 0 0 .333 3 0 0
    Flores, Ramon - - - - - - - -
    Gardner, Brett - - - - .333 3 0 0
    Gregorius, Didi - - - - - - - -
    Headley, Chase - - - - - - - -
    Jones, Garrett .000 2 0 1 .000 2 0 1
    McCann, Brian - - - - - - - -
    Murphy, John Ryan - - - - - - - -
    Perez, Eury - - - - - - - -
    Pirela, Jose - - - - - - - -
    Rodriguez, Alex - - - - .000 1 0 0
    Romine, Austin - - - - - - - -
    Ryan, Brendan - - - - - - - -
    Sanchez, Gary - - - - - - - -
    Teixeira, Mark .000 2 0 0 .000 2 0 0
    Williams, Mason - - - - - - - -
    Young, Chris - - - - - - - -

    Closing statement (67-87) (85-71)

    Yankees 7, Orioles 3

    O's part of history

    Chris Waters received the honor of opposing veteran Andy Pettitte for the final game at Yankee Stadium, and the Orioles rookie wasn't at his sharpest on the big stage, allowing five runs over 5 2/3 innings in defeat in the follow-up of the strongest start of his young career.

    Series at a Glance

     

    Lights dim in Bronx

    Opened in 1923, Yankee Stadium closed its doors after a lifetime of memories with one final win, which was delivered in part by starter Andy Pettitte and closer Mariano Rivera, who pitched the ninth. A moving pregame ceremony honored the contributions of legions of legends.

    Yankees 7, Orioles 3

    Baltimore AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
    Roberts, B, 2B 5 1 1 1 0 1 2 .297
    Markakis, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .300
    Mora, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .282
      Cintron, 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274
    Huff, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .309
    Hernandez, Ra, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .256
    Jones, Ad, CF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .273
    Millar, 1B 3 1 1 0 1 1 1 .236
    Payton, LF 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .248
    Castro, Ju, SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .190
      a-Salazar, O, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .288
      1-Fahey, PR-SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .229
      b-Scott, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264
    Totals 35 3 7 3 2 6 15  

    a-Walked for Castro, Ju in the 6th. b-Grounded out for Fahey in the 9th.
    1-Ran for Salazar, O in the 6th.

    BATTING
    2B: Millar (25, Pettitte).
    3B: Jones, Ad (7, Pettitte).
    TB: Millar 2; Jones, Ad 4; Payton; Roberts, B; Mora; Markakis.
    RBI: Payton (41), Mora (102), Roberts, B (55).
    2-out RBI: Roberts, B.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Markakis; Roberts, B.
    Team RISP: 3-for-9.
    Team LOB: 7.

    BASERUNNING
    SB: Roberts, B (38, 2nd base off Pettitte/Molina, J), Jones, Ad (10, 2nd base off Veras/Molina, J).

    FIELDING
    E: Fahey (5, fielding).
    DP: (Roberts, B-Castro, Ju-Millar).

     
    NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
    Damon, CF-LF 4 1 1 3 1 0 0 .307
      Cabrera, Me, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243
    Jeter, SS 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 .301
      Betemit, SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .260
    Abreu, RF 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .299
    Rodriguez, Al, 3B 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 .303
    Giambi, 1B 3 0 1 1 1 0 2 .249
      1-Gardner, B, PR-CF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .190
    Nady, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .306
      Ransom, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .296
    Cano, 2B 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 .264
    Matsui, DH 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 .294
      a-Rodriguez, I, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .278
    Molina, J, C 4 2 3 2 0 0 0 .221
    Totals 32 7 9 7 5 3 15  

    a-Grounded out for Matsui in the 7th.
    1-Ran for Giambi in the 7th.

    BATTING
    HR: Damon (16, 3rd inning off Waters, 2 on, 0 out), Molina, J (3, 4th inning off Waters, 1 on, 1 out).
    TB: Cano; Matsui; Giambi; Damon 4; Abreu 2; Molina, J 6.
    RBI: Damon 3 (69), Molina, J 2 (17), Giambi (94), Cano (64).
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cano; Nady; Jeter 2; Rodriguez, I.
    SF: Cano.
    GIDP: Giambi.
    Team RISP: 3-for-8.
    Team LOB: 7.

    BASERUNNING
    SB: Abreu (20, 2nd base off Cormier/Hernandez, Ra).

    FIELDING
    E: Pettitte (2, fielding).

     
    Baltimore IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Waters (L, 3-4) 5.2 6 5 5 4 2 2 5.06
    Cormier 0.2 2 1 1 1 1 0 3.97
    Walker 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.92
    Cherry 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.17
     
    NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Pettitte (W, 14-14) 5.0 7 3 2 1 3 0 4.54
    Veras (H, 10) 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.54
    Coke (H, 3) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
    Chamberlain (H, 18) 1.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.46
    Rivera 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.45

    Walker pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
    Pettitte pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.

    Pitches-strikes: Waters 101-58, Cormier 23-14, Walker 5-4, Cherry 18-13, Pettitte 85-63, Veras 16-8, Coke 8-5, Chamberlain 14-8, Rivera 11-8.
    Groundouts-flyouts: Waters 5-8, Cormier 0-1, Walker 0-0, Cherry 3-1, Pettitte 7-4, Veras 0-1, Coke 1-0, Chamberlain 2-0, Rivera 3-0.
    Batters faced: Waters 26, Cormier 5, Walker 1, Cherry 6, Pettitte 24, Veras 3, Coke 2, Chamberlain 5, Rivera 3.
    Inherited runners-scored: Cormier 1-0, Walker 1-1, Cherry 1-1, Veras 1-0, Coke 2-0.
    Umpires: HP: Angel Hernandez. 1B: Marty Foster. 2B: Derryl Cousins. 3B: Eric Cooper.
    Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy.
    Wind: 6 mph, Out to LF.
    T: 3:05.
    Att: 54,610.
    Venue: Yankee Stadium.
    September 21, 2008
    September 21, 2008

    Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner