Game 138 / 77-61 / 2nd / – 1.5 GB : Given the stakes and timing, this was arguably the most painful, distasteful loss of the season. Starter CC Sabathia exceeded expectation in his return from the DL, but the offense, defense and bullpen failed to secure a win for The Big Man. A rare defensive meltdown by none other than Stephen Drew opened the door for enough runs to seal defeat in a game the Yankees just had to win. Our new friends in Boston were knocking the snot out of the Blue Jays, but New York did nothing to capitalize. After blowing a 3-1 lead, and tied at 3-3, Baltimore’s Steve Pearce launched a solo home off Adam Warren that was the difference-maker.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Orioles 5, Yankees 3
The Knockout Blow
Carlos Can’t Do It All
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- Beltran Belts One But no other Yankee batter could do damage against Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jiminez…
- Baseball 101 Pitching and defense wins championships. Yanks are reasonably questionable in the pitching department, so team defense has to be on high alert right now. Drew’s off-night could not have come at a worse time. No explanation, as his stellar D is like clockwork, but not tonight.
- Welcome Back, Dustin Ackley! Nice way to re-introduce yourself to Yankee fans — with a stellar catch in left field.
“Once I got into the middle of the first inning, I just started letting it go and felt a lot better. I feel good. Being able to go out and pitch and do what I want to do. Obviously like I said I didn’t throw enough strikes but the brace held up. I feel confident going out there from here forward.”” ‐ CC Sabathia (h/t: Chad Jennings/LoHud)
MEMORY LANE : GOOD TIMES: On today’s date in 1936, the Yankees clinched their eighth American League pennant with a doubleheader sweep of the Cleveland Indians, 11-3 and 12-9. The Yankees finished 19 1/2-games ahead of the Detroit Tigers for the largest margin in Yankee history…
BAD TIMES: Today in 1990, the Oakland A’s defeat New York 7-3 to complete a twelve-game sweep of the Yankees this year. The season sweep is a first for the Yankees…
(h/t: NationalPastime.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)