Game 19: Yankees 4, Orioles 5

Hughes got a quick two outs to start, but had thrown a lot of pitches so Joe Girardi pulled him out instead of letting him finish the inning.  Boone Logan came in to face Luke Scott, but walked him.  David Robertson then came in for Logan and hit Ty Wigginton with a pitch after running out to an 0-2 count.  Rhyne Hughes then singled in Scott, followed by a RBI single by Reimold.  A single by Izturis gave the Orioles their third run of the inning and a 4-2 lead after six innings.  The Orioles picked up another run in the eighth, an inning that started with an error by Jeter.

Down 5-2, the Yankees rallied in the ninth.  A one out single by Swisher got the Bombers started.  Nick Johnson, pinch “hitting” for Winn, drew a walk.  Jeter struck out for the second out of the inning, but Gardner managed to get on base for the second time due to an error, this time by Izturis.  Swisher scored on the error and Teixeira brought the Yankees within one after a single down the first base line.  Alex Rodriguez then grounded up the middle, with what looked like another single, but Julio Lugo got to it and flipped it to second for the final out of the game.

Bronx Cheers:
Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez: Both went 0-5 and stranded a combined 10 runners on base.

Bullpen: While Phil Hughes struggled, he did a remarkable job minimizing the damage.  The bullpen, on the other hand, did not do this.  Robertson was particularly bad, giving up two runs on three hits and a hit batter in just .1 inning.  The Yankees were supposed to have the edge on bullpens, apparently they didn’t realize this last night.

RISP: The Yankees were 1-8 with runners in scoring position

Curtain Calls:
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 3-4 on the night.  He continues to rake at the plate, hitting .389/.432/.681.

Nick Swisher: As the DH, Swisher had a great night at the plate.  He went 3-4 and scored two runs.

In the On Deck Circle:
Tonight, the Yankees will try to right the ship and halt their losing streak.  CC Sabathia will be hurling for the Bombers and he may be just what they need.  He has owned the Orioles lifetime, going 9-1 with a 2.55 ERA against Baltimore.  They could also use some help from Curtis Granderson, whose bat has gone cold as he is 0 for his last 17.  The Orioles will send Jeremy Guthrie to the mound, who is still winless despite a 3.46 ERA.  First pitch is at 7:05pm in Baltimore.

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.