Written by Chris Slade
The Phil Hughes-David Huff duo (5.07 and 6.04 ERA's) combine for six innings of work against the ice cold Orioles lineup, allowing just a single run on a 2 out RBI single by Manny Machado to score Matt Wieters from second. The Yankees hitters meanwhile had their way with Chen in the 2nd and 3rd innings. A Mark Reynolds two run home run (typical) got the Yankees on the board in the 2nd. Vernon Wells then hit a two rbi single with the bases loaded in the 3rd inning. Chen would settle in and pitch effectively into the 7th until he was hooked with one out after a Curtis Granderson solo home run to extend the lead to 5-1. Nick Markakis actually homered in the 7th and Danny Valencia hit a game tying three run jack in the 8th. Jim Johnson quickly coughed up the lead in an inning highlighted by his errant throw to second on a sac bunt and a wild pitch that allowed the go ahead run to score. Mariano Rivera did his thing and the O's lost another heartbreaker 6-5.
Wei-Yin Chen took the mound for the birds tonight. He had an interesting outing for sure. The Yankees got to him in the 2nd when Reynolds drove a belt high fastball over the left field wall for a two run bomb. The Yanks then proceeded to load the bases with no outs in the third, score two runs off a Well's single, and get Steve Johnson warming up in a hurry. What happened next? Chen set down the next 12 batters he faced. He turned a weak outing into an acceptable one heading into the 7th. As usual, Chen lets buck know when he's done by giving up a solo bomb. Granderson did the deed and with one out in the 7th, Chen's night was over. He would be no-decisioned.
Final Line: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 9 K, ND
Josh Stinson entered the game for Chen in the 7th and stayed on to pitch the 8th. He pitched well, allowing no runs over 1.2 innings pitched.
The train came off the tracks in the 9th when Jim Johnson entered the game as he allowed the winning run on a wild pitch.
Danny Valencia continues to crusch the ball. He went 1-for-3 with a game tying three run bomb. He's now batting .333
Nick Markakis, J.J. Hardy, and Chris Davis all recorded 2-for-4 games.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Machado made a nice play in the 3rd, ranging to his right to backhand the ball, then running to get a force out at third base.
The runner that Jim Johnson wild pitched in to score should have been out a second base if Johnson hadn't botched the routine throw to second.
Key Moments In The Game
The Yankees jumping on Chen early. It put the Orioles, who are already playing like they are in desperation mode, in an early hole which they struggled to climb out of.
Danny Valencia coming up with the clutch three run homer to tie it in the 8th. Didn't matter, sadly.
Other Notes/ Musings
Michael Morse has yet to record a base hit.
Tonight's game was delayed by rain. It began at 8:20 ET
The Orioles are now 16-27 in one run games. Sheesh, the regression to the mean nerds were right.
Jason Hammel is starting tomorrow night in Toronto in place of Bud Norris.
That's all I got. Tough series to stomach.
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