2012 Baltimore Orioles season

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2012 Baltimore Orioles
AL Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 93–69 (.574)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) Peter Angelos
General manager(s) Dan Duquette
Manager(s) Buck Showalter
Local television MASN
WJZ-TV (CBS 13)
(Gary Thorne, Jim Palmer, Mike Bordick, Jim Hunter)
Local radio Baltimore Orioles Radio Network
(Joe Angel, Fred Manfra)
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The Baltimore Orioles' 2012 season was the 112th season in franchise history, the 59th in Baltimore, and the 20th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They completed the regular season with a 93-69 record, good for second place in the AL East and qualified for one of two American League Wild Card spots. It was the first time since 1997 that they finished with a winning record and made the playoffs. They subsequently defeated the Texas Rangers in the inaugural one-game Wild Card Playoff. They advanced to play the New York Yankees in the Division Series, but lost the series to the Yankees in five games.

Offseason[edit]

December[edit]

  • On December 1, 2011, the Orioles traded minor league RHP Randy Henry and a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers for C Taylor Teagarden. On December 8, 2011, the player was identified as minor league 2B Greg Miclat.
  • On December 13, 2011, the Orioles signed Tsuyoshi Wada to a two-year contract, with an option for a third year.
  • On December 20, 2011, the Orioles signed outfielder Endy Chávez to a one-year contract.

January[edit]

  • On January 10, 2012, the Orioles signed Wei-Yin Chen from the Chunichi Dragons to a three-year contract, with an option for a fourth year.
  • On January 23, 2012, the Orioles signed infielder Wilson Betemit to a two-year contract, with an option for a third year.

February[edit]

  • On February 10, 2012, the Orioles signed RHP Luis Ayala to a one-year contract, with an option for a second year.

March[edit]

  • On March 2, 2012, the Orioles signed Miguel Gonzalez to a minor league contract.

Regular season[edit]

On May 6, the Orioles won a marathon 17-inning game over the Boston Red Sox with the pitching win credited to designated hitter Chris Davis. After the Orioles bullpen was exhausted Davis came on to pitch two scoreless innings with two strikeouts, becoming the first American League position player to record a pitching win since 1968. Boston DH Darnell McDonald took the loss, making it the first game since 1902 in which both pitchers of record were position players.

The Orioles clinched their first non-losing season since 1997 on September 13, 2012, winning their 81st game on a walk-off single by Manny Machado in the bottom of the 14th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays.

On September 26, 2012 the Orioles hit 7 home runs versus the Toronto Blue Jays. Nate McLouth solo in the 1st inning, Jim Thome lead off in the 5th, Manny Machado solo homer in the 5th and a two-run shot in the 8th, Chris Davis three-run homer in the 5th and a two-run homer in the 7th, Mark Reynolds two-run homer in the 6th.

Accolades[edit]

The following players represented the Orioles in the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

  • Jim Johnson
  • Adam Jones
  • Matt Wieters

The following players received Gold Glove Awards for the 2012 MLB season

  • J.J. Hardy
  • Adam Jones
  • Matt Wieters

Postseason[edit]

Wild Card Game[edit]

The Orioles took on the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas in the inaugural Wild Card "winner-take-all" format game for the right to play the New York Yankees in the 2012 American League Division Series, who are the top seed finishing with the best record in the AL at 95-67. The Orioles defeated Texas, 5-1, to win their first postseason game since 1997 and to advance to play the Yankees with the first two games in Baltimore.

In the end, Jim Johnson finished the Rangers off in the 9th despite them giving Baltimore a scare on having the bases loaded and two down. However, Johnson got David Murphy to fly out to Nate McLouth. Unlikely hero Joe Saunders picked up his first ever win at Rangers Stadium, where he was 0-6 with a 9.38 ERA in six career starts.

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)

Division Series[edit]

The Orioles next played the New York Yankees in the Division Series, which they lost in five games.

Game 1, October 7[edit]

6:07 p.m. (EDT) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland (moved to 8:47 p.m. EDT due to rain delay)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 7 10 1
Baltimore 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
WP: CC Sabathia (1–0)   LP: Jim Johnson (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Russell Martin (1)
BAL: None

Game 2, October 8[edit]

8:07 p.m. (EDT) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland (moved to 8:47 p.m. EDT due to rain delay)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 9 2
Baltimore 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 X 3 7 2
WP: Wei-Yin Chen (1–0)   LP: Andy Pettitte (0–1)   Sv: Jim Johnson (1)

Game 3, October 10[edit]

7:37 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
New York 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 7 1
WP: David Robertson (1–0)   LP: Brian Matusz (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: Ryan Flaherty (1), Manny Machado (1)
NYY: Raúl Ibañez 2 (2)

Game 4, October 11[edit]

7:37 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 1
New York 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
WP: Pedro Strop (1–0)   LP: David Phelps (0–1)   Sv: Jim Johnson (2)
Home runs:
BAL: Nate McLouth (1)
NYY: None

Game 5, October 12[edit]

5:07 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0
New York 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 X 3 5 0
WP: CC Sabathia (2–0)   LP: Jason Hammel (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: None
NYY: Curtis Granderson (1)

Roster[edit]

2012 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Season standings[edit]

American League East[edit]

American League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) New York Yankees 95 67 0.586 51–30 44–37
(5) Baltimore Orioles 93 69 0.574 2 47–34 46–35
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0.556 5 46–35 44–37
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0.451 22 41–40 32–49
Boston Red Sox 69 93 0.426 26 34–47 35–46


American League Wild Card[edit]

Division Winners W L Pct.
New York Yankees 95 67 0.586
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543
Oakland Athletics 94 68 0.580


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Baltimore Orioles 93 69 0.574
Texas Rangers 93 69 0.574
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0.556 3
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 89 73 0.549 4
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 8
Seattle Mariners 75 87 0.463 18
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0.451 20
Kansas City Royals 72 90 0.444 21
Boston Red Sox 69 93 0.426 24
Cleveland Indians 68 94 0.420 25
Minnesota Twins 66 96 0.407 27


Record vs. opponents[edit]

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 13–5 6–2 4–4 3–3 5–4 2–7 5–2 9–9 4–5 8–1 10–8 2–5 11–7 11–7
Boston 5–13 6–2 5–3 5–5 4–3 0–6 4–3 5–13 1–8 5–4 9–9 2–6 7–11 11–7
Chicago 2–6 2–6 11–7 6–12 6–12 3–5 14–4 5–2 3–3 8–1 4–3 6–3 6–4 9–9
Cleveland 4–4 3–5 7–11 10–8 8–10 5–4 6–12 1–5 2–8 4–4 4–4 4–5 2–4 8–10
Detroit 3–3 5–5 12–6 8–10 13–5 5–5 10–8 4–6 4–3 1–5 5–2 3–7 4–2 11–7
Kansas City 4–5 3–4 12–6 10–8 5–13 4–5 7–11 3–4 5–4 1–7 4–2 4–5 2–6 8–10
Los Angeles 7–2 6–0 5–3 4–5 5–5 5–4 6–3 4–5 9–10 11–8 1–9 10–9 4–4 12–6
Minnesota 2–5 3–4 4–14 12–6 8–10 11–7 3–6 3–4 4–5 2–8 1–5 2–8 2–5 9–9
New York 9–9 13–5 2–5 5–1 6–4 4–3 5–4 4–3 5–5 6–3 8–10 4–3 11–7 13–5
Oakland 5–4 8–1 3–3 8–2 3–4 4–5 10–9 5–4 5–5 12–7 5–4 11–8 5–4 10–8
Seattle 1–8 4–5 1–8 4–4 5–1 7–1 8–11 8–2 3–6 7–12 4–6 9–10 6–3 8–10
Tampa Bay 8–10 9–9 3–4 4–4 2–5 2–4 9–1 5–1 10–8 4–5 6–4 5–4 14–4 9–9
Texas 5–2 6–2 3–6 5–4 7–3 5–4 9–10 8–2 3–4 8–11 10–9 4–5 6–3 14–4
Toronto 7–11 11–7 4–6 4–2 2–4 6–2 4–4 5–2 7–11 4–5 3–6 4–14 3–6 9–9


Game log[edit]

Legend
Orioles Win Orioles Loss Game Postponed
2012 Game Log

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Robert Andino
127
384
41
81
13
1
7
28
.211
5
Jake Arrieta
2
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Xavier Avery
32
94
14
21
6
1
1
6
.223
6
Wilson Betemit
102
341
41
89
19
0
12
40
.261
0
Endy Chávez
64
158
15
32
6
0
2
12
.203
3
Wei-Yin Chen
2
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Chris Davis
139
515
75
139
20
0
33
85
.270
2
Luis Exposito
9
18
2
1
0
0
0
0
.056
0
Ryan Flaherty
77
153
15
33
2
1
6
19
.216
1
Lew Ford
25
71
7
13
3
0
3
4
.183
1
Bill Hall
7
9
2
2
0
0
1
1
.222
0
Jason Hammel
2
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
J. J. Hardy
158
663
85
158
30
2
22
68
.238
0
L. J. Hoes
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Tommy Hunter
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Nick Johnson
38
87
9
18
4
0
4
11
.207
2
Adam Jones
162
648
103
186
39
3
32
82
.287
16
Manny Machado
51
191
24
50
8
3
7
26
.262
2
Joe Mahoney
2
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Nick Markakis
104
420
59
125
28
3
13
54
.298
1
Brian Matusz
2
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
.250
0
Nate McLouth
55
209
35
56
12
1
7
18
.268
12
Ronny Paulino
20
63
5
16
3
0
0
5
.254
0
Steve Pearce
28
71
8
18
4
0
3
14
.254
0
Omar Quintanilla
36
99
12
23
3
0
3
12
.232
0
Nolan Reimold
16
67
10
21
6
0
5
10
.313
1
Mark Reynolds
135
457
65
101
26
0
23
69
.221
1
Brian Roberts
17
66
2
12
0
0
0
5
.182
1
Jim Thome
28
101
8
26
5
0
3
10
.257
0
Taylor Teagarden
22
57
4
9
3
0
2
9
.158
0
Steve Tolleson
29
71
7
13
3
0
2
6
.183
1
Matt Wieters
144
526
67
131
27
1
23
83
.249
3

Pitching[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER BB K
Jake Arrieta
3
9
6.20
24
18
0
114.2
122
82
79
35
109
Luis Ayala
5
5
2.64
66
0
1
75.0
81
27
22
14
51
Jason Berken
0
0
18.00
1
0
0
1.0
6
7
2
1
0
Zach Britton
5
3
5.07
12
11
0
60.1
61
37
34
32
53
Dylan Bundy
0
0
0.00
2
0
0
1.2
1
0
0
1
0
Wei-Yin Chen
12
11
4.02
32
32
0
192.2
186
97
86
57
154
Chris Davis
1
0
0.00
1
0
0
2.0
2
0
0
1
2
Dana Eveland
0
1
4.73
14
2
0
32.1
32
18
17
13
18
Miguel González
9
4
3.25
18
15
0
105.1
92
38
38
35
77
Kevin Gregg
3
2
4.95
40
0
0
43.2
50
24
22
24
37
Jason Hammel
8
6
3.43
20
20
0
118.0
104
48
45
42
113
Tommy Hunter
7
8
5.45
33
20
0
133.2
161
85
81
27
77
Jim Johnson
2
1
2.44
71
0
51
68.2
55
21
19
14
41
Steve Johnson
4
0
2.11
12
4
0
38.1
23
9
9
18
46
Matt Lindstrom
1
0
2.72
34
0
0
36.1
35
14
11
12
30
Brian Matusz
6
10
4.87
34
16
0
98.0
112
61
53
41
81
Darren O'Day
7
1
2.28
69
0
0
67.0
49
17
17
14
69
Troy Patton
1
0
2.43
54
0
0
55.2
45
15
15
12
49
Zach Phillips
0
0
6.00
6
0
0
6.0
7
4
4
3
5
Stu Pomeranz
0
0
3.00
3
0
0
6.0
7
2
2
1
3
J. C. Romero
0
0
6.75
5
0
0
4.0
7
4
3
1
1
Joe Saunders
3
3
3.63
7
7
0
44.2
49
20
18
8
23
Miguel Socolovich
0
0
6.97
6
0
0
10.1
11
8
8
6
6
Pedro Strop
5
2
2.44
70
0
3
66.1
52
18
18
37
58
Chris Tillman
9
3
2.93
15
15
0
86.0
66
38
28
24
66
Randy Wolf
2
0
5.28
5
2
0
15.1
17
9
9
2
7

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Norfolk Tides International League Ron Johnson
AA Bowie Baysox Eastern League Gary Kendall
A Frederick Keys Carolina League Orlando Gómez
A Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League Ryan Minor
Short-Season A Aberdeen IronBirds New York–Penn League Gary Allenson
Rookie GCL Orioles Gulf Coast League Ramón Sambo

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Tampa Bay Rays
2011
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with Texas Rangers
Succeeded by
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2013