Game 11: Orioles 5, Yankees 6

Hughes came out for the fifth and gave up a lead off single to Izturis. Russell Martin tried to pick off Izturis at first, but the throw went over the head of Mark Teixeira, allowing Izturis to move to second. Brian Roberts flied out to right, putting a runner on third with one out.  A double by Markakis plated another Baltimore run and ended Hughes’ night. Colon relieved Hughes and gave up a two out single to Vladimir Guerrero, giving the Orioles a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.

The Yankee bats finally woke up in the fifth, as Alex Rodriguez doubled to left. Robinson Cano followed with a double of his own and the Bombers had their first run of the game.  Colon pitched a solid top of the sixth and New York got back to work at the bottom of the inning.  Martin lead off with a single, but was thrown out at second on a grounder by Brett Gardner. Derek Jeter singled up the middle, moving Gardner to second and Teixeira blooped a double to left, scoring a run.  Rodriguez hit a sac fly, scoring Jeter and the Yankees had made a game of it as the score stood at 5-3.

Nick Swisher worked a walk to start the seventh and found himself on third after a double by Curtis Granderson. A grounder by Martin was enough to get Swisher home and the Yankees were within one run of the Orioles.

Colon was still pitching in the top of the eighth, having done a good job shutting down the Baltimore offense.  He walked Scott, who was replaced by Felix Pie on base.  A single by Jones gave the Orioles runners on first and third and the Yankees called on Joba Chamberlain to stop the bleeding.  A bad pitch by Chamberlain got away from Martin, but Chamberlain hustled to the plate and Martin got the ball to him in time for a tag out at home.  Chamberlain not only got the tag in time, but saved a run by blocking Pie from the plate with his foot.  He came back and struck out Reynolds to end the inning and get the Yankees out of trouble.

New York had a chance to tie in the bottom of the eighth, after getting two quick outs.  Back-to-back singles by Rodriguez and Cano gave the Yankees some life, but Swisher dribbled a grounder to second, ending the inning and the threat.  The Orioles lead sat at 5-4 after eight.

Chamberlain pitched a strong and quick top of the ninth inning and the Yankees had one last chance. Jorge Posada lead off with a solo homer to tie the game at 5-5.  Granderson followed with a big double, but Martin, Gardner and Jeter went down in order, giving us extra baseball.

In the bottom of the tenth, Teixeira got things going with a lead off walk.  Rodriguez drove a double down the left field line and the Yankees had runners on second and third with no outs.  Cano lined out and Swisher came up to the plate.  Swisher drove a sac fly to right and Teixeira came home to give the Yankees a walk-off 6-5 victory.

Bronx Cheers:
Phil Hughes: Hughes looked like he had made some progress early in the game, even hitting 91mph a few times.  Unfortunately, his command was still missing and he was soon back to throwing a fastball in the high-80s.  In the end, he went just 4.1 innings, giving up seven hits and five earned runs.  He struck out two and walked no one.

Brett Gardner: Gardner is still not doing much of anything at the plate, though it did at least look like he was swinging at pitches towards the end of the night.  He went 0-5 with a run scored and three strikeouts.

Curtain Calls:
Bartolo Colon: Colon did a solid job slowing down Baltimore.  He went three innings and gave up just three hits, no runs and one walk, while striking out three.  He has been a pleasant surprise so far this season.

Joba Chamberlain: Joba didn’t look good the last time he pitched, but today he looked like the old Joba.  He went 1.2 innings of scoreless and hitless baseball.  He struck out two and made a great play at the plate to save a run, even if the bad pitch was his fault.  It was perhaps the play of the game, as there may not have been a tenth inning had that run scored.

Alex Rodriguez: Rodriguez had another killer night.  He went 3-3 with a run scored and a RBI.  He also had a walk.  It is early in the season, but A-Rod owns a .412 batting average right now.

Jorge Posada: Jorge’s solo homer tied the game and gave the Yankees a chance for the win.  He went 1-4 and struck out once.

Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher: Teixeira worked a big lead off walk in the bottom of the tenth and scored the winning run, going 1-4 on the night.  Swisher did not have a hit, but made a great catch in the outfield and drove the game winning sac fly to right.

In The On Deck Circle:
The Yankees will welcome the Texas Rangers to the Bronx on Friday.  The Rangers have put together a good start to the season, going 9-3. Ivan Nova will take the ball for the Bronx Bombers, making his first appearance against the Rangers.  Nova looked good in his first start this season, but did not fare well in Fenway in his last start.  He gave up four runs over 4.1 innings against the Red Sox.  Matt Harrison will be pitching for Texas.  He has started the season strong, with a 2-0 record and 1.29 ERA.  In each outing he went seven innings and allowed just one run, while holding opposing hitters to a .143 average.  He will be making his first appearance in the Bronx, and has had mixed results against the Yankees the few times he has seen them.  First pitch is at 7:05pm in the Bronx.

4 thoughts on “Game 11: Orioles 5, Yankees 6

  1. adam

    Gardner didn't swing at a first pitch again today (granted he took two or three out of five for balls BUT THAT STILL NEEDS TO CHANGE).

  2. DPR

    I guess Joba still remembers his catcher days.
    On another note, it's very entertaining to watch Colon wind-up

  3. Tom

    Not only has Hughes lost velocity there have been a couple of other disturbing trends:
    - He seems to have stopped throwing the high fastball (which he used effectively last year to finish hitters off); even at 89mph if he spots it correctly it can be an effective pitch (and also changes the batters eye level who are now looking for everything down and sets up his curverball)
    - He cannot seem to spot his cutter, especially to lefties…. that pitch only works if it is in off the plate to lefties (unless you are Mo)… this burned him last year too. at 2-3mph slower than a 4 seamer you speed up the lefty bats and also have a pitch moving in toward the hitter (which mean more barrel when speeding up the bat)

    If he is going to stay at 89mph he needs an effective changeup. At 93 he can get by with a 4 seamer and a cutter and curve…. at 89mph it becomes a foul off marathon until he eventually makes a mistake.

    • That cutter was miserable last night. I think everyone not in an orioles uniform cringed when they saw it.

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