“I kind of try to put myself in that position as a 20-year-old,” said McLouth, 30. “I’d have to wear a diaper. I mean, he’s 20 and doing this in Yankee Stadium in the playoffs and playing great defense, too.”
McLouth, a .140 hitter with the Pittsburgh Pirates the first half of the season before latching on with the Orioles, might have made the defensive play of the game when he made a leaping catch near the wall in left field — he said after the game that he took his eye off the ball momentarily and was blinded by a red State Farm sign — to start an inning-ending double play in the bottom of the fifth.
“It almost blinded me,” McLouth said. “I wanted to check where the wall was, but I just happened to look right at that sign.”
The Yankees, who stranded 10 baserunners and were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position, tied the game in the sixth when Derek Jeter led off with a double to right, moved to third on an Ichiro Suzuki sacrifice and after Teixeira walked, scored on a Cano groundout to second.
New York starter Phil Hughes threw 6 2
3 innings, allowing four hits, one run. He struck out eight and walked three. After that, the Yankees used every one of their relievers. They were almost, but not quite, as impressive as the Orioles’ bullpen, who locked down the win in the longest postseason game in franchise history.
“For our pitchers to keep throwing up zeroes, I don’t even know what to say about it,” McLouth said. “It was impressive.”
Okay, but will your wife let you watch the highlights tonight?
“I’m going to make her,” he said with a laugh.