Five innings down, two to go.
No, this isn't Little League. Or a Triple-A doubleheader.
It's Major League Baseball, where they still play nine innings. So if the Orioles are really going to become the heavy favorites in this Division Series, they'll have to lead the Yankees after nine innings, not seven.
Still ... if you're an Orioles fan, don't you have to figure that two more innings might do it? Somehow, 28-year-old rookie Miguel Gonzalez has held the Yankees to just one run in the first five frames, and the O's have a 2-1 lead thanks to a couple of solo home runs.
As we all know so well, the Orioles are 76-0 this year in games they led after seven innings. Sure, it's the New York Yankees in New York's Yankee Stadium. But why should an Orioles fan think the streak will end tonight, of all nights?
Gonzalez, looking exactly nothing like a rookie, struck out Eric Chavez with a high fastball to end the fifth.
Five innings down, two to go (and two more after that, but shut up with your statistics).