Yankees knock out Hammel, but bullpen keeps it tied

As Matt Sussman pointed out in our last update, while Game 1 was tied after five innings, there was a huge disparity in the pitch counts. Well, Jason Hammel got pulled from the contest in the sixth inning, after throwing 112 pitches. Which is a lot, and can be explained by a) four walks, b) five walks, and c) Yankees.

The Yankees are just really patient, darn them.

Hammel got lifted after giving up a line-drive single to Nick Swisher, who came into this series with a .169 career batting average in postseason games. Covering plenty of at-bats, too.

Hammel's replacement, left-hander Troy Patton, immediately gave up a single up the middle to Mark Teixeira, but he retired Curtis Granderson on a long foul ball, deep into the right-field corner, with Chris Davis shying away from the ball -- he seemed to lose it in the lights -- just as he was catching it.

Just more of that Oriole luck? It's still 2-2 in the sixth. Ask us in about an hour.

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