2012 American League Wild Card Game

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2012 American League Wild Card Game
2012 AL wild-card game logo
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 5 8 2
Texas Rangers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 2
Team Manager Season
Baltimore Orioles Buck Showalter 93–69, .574, GB: 2
Texas Rangers Ron Washington 93–69, .574, GB: 1
Date: October 5, 2012, 8:37 p.m. (EDT)
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
City: Arlington, Texas
Attendance: 46,931
Television: TBS
TV announcers: Ernie Johnson, Jr., John Smoltz, and Cal Ripken, Jr.
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Dan Shulman and Orel Hersheiser
Umpires: Gary Darling (crew chief), Jerry Layne, Ted Barrett, Bill Miller, Greg Gibson, Chris Guccione
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The 2012 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2012 postseason played between the American League's (AL) two wild-card teams, the Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles. It was held at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, on October 5, 2012, at 8:37 p.m. EDT.[1] The Orioles won by a 5–1 score and advanced to play the New York Yankees in the AL Division Series. The game was televised on TBS.

The game[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 5 8 2
Texas Rangers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 2
WP: Joe Saunders (1–0)   LP: Yu Darvish (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: none
TEX: none

The Orioles scored their first run of the inaugural AL wild-card game when J. J. Hardy knocked in Nate McLouth with his RBI single. The Rangers answered in the same frame when Ian Kinsler scored on a double play grounder by Josh Hamilton. After the first inning, both starters, Joe Saunders and Yu Darvish pitched shutout baseball until the sixth inning when Adam Jones knocked in a run via sacrifice fly. Darvish was charged with another run in the seventh via a Nate McLouth RBI single. The Oriole relievers would prove enough to take care of Rangers lineup the rest of the way. The Orioles scored two insurance runs off of Joe Nathan in the final frame to seal a 5–1 victory.

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