Ray Flaherty

Baltimore Orioles ALCS Game One LIVE BLOG

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Simply put, this was a devastating loss for the Orioles. Yes, it's only the first game of a seven-game series, but everything about the way Buck Showalter managed the Orioles pitching staff shows how important it was to capture the ALCS opener. He didn't hesitate to pull starter Chris Tillman after an ineffective 4 1/3 innings and turn the keys over to his bullpen, a win-at-all-costs move. It worked beautifully in Game 2 of the ALDS when the wheels fell off for Wei-Yin Chen in the early going.

For an instant, everything seemed like it was following the down-to-the-wire formula that has allowed the club to continually pull out victories. The bats clawed back from an...