Written by Wally Booth
Well, At least it was the Sabathia game.
Wow, I do not even know what to say after watching the last 2 innings of that game. The O's played pretty well through 7 innings and were facing C.C Sabathia whom they do not fare well against anyway. They got a pretty good pitching outing from Miguel Gonzales through 6 innings plus. It was when Miguel left that the O's fell apart. Gonzales walked Francisco Cervelli to start the 7th and was then pulled for Troy Patton. Brett Gardner lays down a sac bunt, Cano Grounds out, and then walks Youkilis intentionally. Patton then hits Travis Hafner to load the bases. He was then pulled for Pedro Strop. Strop falls behind 2-0 to Vernon Wells and then lays one over the middle of the plate that Wells laced to center field. Adam Jones did a great job to track it down but then blows a bubble at the time the ball was about to hit his glove, blows his concentration and the ball bounces off the heal of his glove and all 3 runs score. I love Adam but you can not blow a bubble as you are trying to catch a ball over your head in center field. I don't care what he says, that was the cause of him dropping that ball as he lost his concentration. He is a veteran on this team and needs to set a better example than that. That was unacceptable. Anyway, now the O's trailed 5-2. In the top of the 8th after Casilla and Markakis singled to start the inning, the unimaginable happens. Manny Machado hits a soft liner that clearly drops in front of Cano at 2nd, Cano went to 2nd to get one, and for some unknown reason to my wildest baseball imagination Alexi Casilla starts going back towards second base and gets caught in a run down. He is tagged out quickly and then Machado thinking Casilla would stay in the run down long enough to get him to second was wrong and he was tagged out as well, a triple play all due to bad base running fundamentals. A well played game through 6 1/2 innings falls completely apart after that. This was just one of those nights in the Bronx where the Yankees cashed in big on Orioles mistakes.
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