Game 61 | 33-28, T-1st : After last night’s humiliating effort at Camden Yards, the Yankees showed little interest in righting the ship tonight. Poor to atrocious pitching, 1-9 with runners in scoring position, questionable managerial decisions, and sloppy fundamentals were all the ingredients needed to serve up a 9-4 loss to the during Baltimore Orioles.
All you need to know about this game and current state of Yankee baseball happened in the 3rd inning. With 2 out and 1 on, CC Sabathia induced O’s right-fielder Nolan Reimold to pop foul in front of the Yankees dugout. Mark Teixiera and Brian McCann converge on the very catchable ball, only to let it drop between them. Instead of walking off the mound, Sabathia’s next pitch was launched over the right-field wall for a game-tying two-run blast. The Yankees never led again.
“You gotta open your mouth, that’s the bottom line. They’re too experienced not to open their mouths.” ‐ Joe Girardi (h/t: Chad Jennings/LoHud)
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Orioles 9, Yankees 4
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- Mason Williams The recent call-up has been opening eyes with a sweet swing and some nice defense. Showing no fear of the wall, Williams covered a lot of ground to make a great sliding catch in right.
- Alex Rodriguez A-Rod’s, currently the most productive DH in the league, added another milestone to his resume, surpassing the 2,000 career RBI mark. Rodriguez is also now 5 hits away from the 3,000 mark.
“According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician of Major League Baseball, Rodriguez’s 2,001 RBIs are second only to Hank Aaron (2,297). Because RBIs became an official Major League statistic in 1920, Elias’ tally begins at that date.” ‐ (h/t: Bryan Hoch/mlb.com)
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- Pitching Goes South During the club’s recent 7-game win streak the starters and bullpen combined to allow 2 runs per game. Over the now 3-game losing streak, the pitching has served up over 8 runs per game. Since Andrew Miller was sent to the DL, it’s been either the starter or the middle relief coming up short. The was no save situation in play in any of the games. Chris Martin, just back from a stint on the DL, allowed 3 earned runs on 4 hits in the decisive 6th inning and was tagged with the loss.
FOOTNOTES : The club announced that Sergio Santos (RHP) was added to the 40-man roster today. Santos, a former first round draft pick (number 27 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2002 amateur draft) was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week. …