Game 18: Yankees 6, Orioles 3

The game moved along quickly for a couple innings, with neither team getting many opportunities to score.  Granderson doubled to left in the top of the fifth and moved to third on a single by Teixeira.  Rodriguez hit a grounder to Izturis, who made the play at second, allowing another New York run to score.  Garcia gave the Orioles little chance of closing in, as he threw perfect innings in the fifth and sixth, holding onto the Bombers’ 3-0 edge.

Joba Chamberlain came in for Garcia in the seventh.  He struck out Scott to start, but gave up a single to Jones. Mark Reynolds followed with a two-run homer, and the Orioles had pulled within one run of the Yankees.  David Robertson relieved Chamberlain in the eighth and struggled.  He allowed a one-out single to Nick Markakis, and another single to Vladimir Guerrero.  Joe Girardi called on Rivera for his first four out save opportunity of the season, and the veteran closer got Scott to fly out to end the inning.  Unfortunately, he would not be as lucky in the bottom of the ninth.

Rivera gave up a lead-off walk to Jones in the ninth.  He struck out Reynolds and Wieters before a single by Jake Fox put runners on first and second.  Brian Roberts lined a double to right, scoring Jones to tie the game. Robert Andino tried to score the winning run, but Swisher and Cano relayed the ball to Martin who was able to tag out the Baltimore player at the plate and send the game into extra innings.

The Yankees looked like they might get on the board quickly in the tenth, when Jeter singled and Granderson worked a walk.  Teixeira flew out and Rodriguez hit into a double play, wasting the opportunity. Boone Logan put together a solid bottom of the tenth, sitting down the Baltimore players in order.  Rain then descended on Baltimore, delaying the game.

When the rain cleared, Cano started the eleventh off with a double to right.  Eric Chavez was intentionally walked and Russell Martin singled to short, plating Cano.  Andino made a great diving stop, but (as seemed to be a problem for Baltimore) instead of holding onto the ball he tried to throw out Martin at first.  The ball went wide and Chavez moved to third.  With two on and two out, Jeter singled to third, scoring Chavez.  Jeter moved to second and Martin moved to third on another ill-conceived and poorly executed throw by an Orioles infielder, this time the culprit was Reynolds.  Granderson singled in Martin and the Yankees carried a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the eleventh, where Logan and Buddy Carlyle combined to pitched a perfect inning and the Yankees took the victory.

Bronx Cheers:
Nick Swisher: Swisher has been cold lately and went 0-5 with three strikeouts and four stranded base runners.

Jorge Posada: Jorge went 0-4 with two strikeouts.  The Yankees’ new DH is still hitting just .153, though his slugging percentage is .458 with six of his nine hits being home runs.

The Bullpen Regulars: Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera have been some of the Yankees’ most reliable arms out of the pen this season, however, they all struggled on Sunday.  Joba gave up two runs on two hits in his inning of work.  Robertson gave up two hits and needed Mo to come in and get him out of a jam in the eighth.   Mo then struggled in the ninth, giving up a run on two hits for his second blown save of the season.

Curtain Calls:
Derek Jeter: The Captain looked like his old self at the plate on Sunday.  He went 4-6 with a run scored and a RBI.

Brett Gardner: Now, if you read this regularly you know I never hesitate to give Gardner a Bronx Cheer.  I have yet to drink the kool-aid on Gardy, though I recognize the potential there.  Today would typically be no exception, as he went 0-5 and struck out four times.  Still, it is Easter and I am feeling generous – and Gardner also deserves a Curtain Call for his homer yesterday.  Gardner actually made at least two really great plays in the outfield, which is why I am giving him a Curtain Call today.  He made a fantastic sliding catch, where I was almost convinced the replay would show the ball hitting the ground.  It did not.  Perhaps even more important was the play Gardner made in the eighth inning.  With two outs and runners on first and third, Scott drove a long fly ball to left.  Gardner tracked it down and made a nice running catch to end the inning and save at least one run for the Yankees.  It was one of the plays that truly saved the game for the Yankees.

Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 3-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs.  He also drew a walk and struck out once.

Freddy Garcia: Garcia went six innings and held the Orioles scoreless, giving up just two hits.  He struck out seven and walked just two.

The Rest of the Bullpen: The bullpen seemed a bit backwards today, as Boone Logan and Buddy Carlyle were the heroes of the day.  Logan pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless and hitless ball, while Carlyle did the same for the last two outs of the game.

In The On Deck Circle:
The Bombers will head back to the Bronx for a four game set against the Chicago White Sox. A.J. Burnett, who has looked more and more like the number two pitcher for the Yankees this season, will take the mound.  Burnett has struck out 22 hitters in his 22.2 innings of work, while walking just ten.  Most of the runs that have been scored off the righty seemed to have more to do with one or two bad pitches and not a total loss of control, as was often the case last season.  Chicago will start Philip Humber, who will be making his first appearance against the Yankees.  He is coming off a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, when he allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work.  First pitch will be Monday at 7:05pm at Yankee Stadium.

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.

11 thoughts on “Game 18: Yankees 6, Orioles 3

  1. David

    I'd wished you had one up for last night, as right before I turned off the game at 13-3 I made a comment to my girlfriend (who knows very little of baseball as she was not raised in this country) trying to explain to her how insane it was that there are 30 MLB teams in total, each with 25 players apiece, and four Yankees (Granderson, Teixeira, Posada, Martin) have more HRs combined among JUST the four of them than (now) *27 TEAMS* have combined among all of their players.

    • DOA

      Get a NEW girlfriend, who WAS raised in this country, understands BASEBALL and speaks ENGLISH!

      • David

        Nah, she's perfectly fine with me watching baseball and trying to understand it (and training her bird to be a Yankee fan and screech at Red Sox). I just get to explain fun things like the above more often than usual. :D

    • I was going to try to get one up last night, but with the holiday and everything I just didn't have time to, sorry! I ended up just catching the last inning, myself. That is a pretty insane statistic. What amazed me most about last night was that after Martin got hit by the pitch my dad actually said that Gardner should hit a homerun to get them back and I laughed at him…oops!

  2. Tom

    A Bronx cheer needs to go to Girardi as well:
    - 90 pitches, 2 singles allowed, 7 K's, retired the last 8 batters he faced and Girardi is contractually obligated to use "the formula" and pull Garcia… I understand doing this after his first start because he had not pitched in 15-20 days, but again? Is anyone other than Sabathia allowed to pitch the 7th inning in a close game (close meaning <5 run lead)
    - Making this even more moronic was Soriano wasn't available, How do you not let Garcia at least start the 7th inning (and pull him if a runner or 2 gets on).
    - He uses Rivera for a 4 out save which he has said he wouldn't do (that promise lasted a real long time)…. while you can debate whether it was the right move, why the heck did he have Logan warming if he was planning on going to Mo?
    - He had Logan warming in the 8th, sat him down , had him pitch the 10th… Not great , but that stuff happens. But then after a significant rain delay , he has him up a THIRD time and has him come out in the 11th solely to get 1 batter out with a 3 run lead?
    - Finally he needs to stop having Swisher bunt; he can't do it and all it does is put him in a 0-2 or 1-2 hole when he bunts a few pitches foul…. he's a professional hitter; let him pull the ball to get the runner over. How many times does he have to fail before Girardi stops doing it?

    • Girardi definitely is the type of manager who seems to get stuck in strategic ruts and does not seem to pay attention to his players. I had a coach in college who would have the batter bunt every single time a runner was on base with less than two outs – that included our cleanup hitter who smacked homers almost at will – it used to drive me nuts and I think every softball team in the midwest knew it was coming. There are many times when Girardi reminds me of her.

      Over the last few games I am starting to wonder how much Girardi actually trusts his bullpen. I won't bother dissecting whether the decisions he has made are correct, but things like bringing Mo in early or pitching Ivan Nova out of the pen when he has been pitching badly and there are still a few arms available, etc. suggests to me that he either isn't trusting his arms, his pitching coach or his own judgment. Regardless, I have always been surprised at how poorly he reads his pitchers, especially for a former catcher. I want to like Girardi and i still want to see him do well, but he doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes. It amazes me.

    • jay_robertson

      I sure don't know – but I'm willing to go along with Joe's explanation on this one – the simple fact that Garcia still isn't stretched out. Its a long season, and Joe is at least consistent with this one – remember when he was ready to pull CC when he was throwing a perfect game?

      Pretty sad when the team's "strong part" (the one Larry and Brien say we don't have to worry about) blows up yet again. Was pleasantly surprised when Carlyle (who?) saved the win.

      • LarryAtIIATMS

        I worry about everything. I just try to prioritize.

  3. ron

    Yeah, if Jeter hits like he hit yesterday that average will plummet to Gardner like levels.

    If Tamar really watched the game then he would have known that Jeter got awfuloloy lucky with his swinging bunts.

    • LarryAtIIATMS

      From 2005 to 2010, Ichiro has the most infield hits of any player in baseball. Number two on the list is Derek Jeter. Two such hits in a game probably IS lucky (three in an inning is off the charts), but in the long view there's nothing lucky about Jeter getting a lot of infield hits. For Jeter, this is a repeatable skill.

  4. I think Jeter definitely improved on where he has been so far this season. His first two hits went to the outfield, which I take as a good sign since he couldn't get the ball out of the infield at the start of the season. I don't know what would have happened on his third hit, but even if Reynolds' throw had been on target in the eleventh, Jeter had it beat. Reynolds was stupid to even try to throw that one. I don't expect Jeter to hit for much power anymore (not that he was ever a huge power hitter), but as long as he finds ways to get on base I am happy. Running out unimpressive infield singles is still an important part of the game and I like that Jeter is always running out of the box, something a lot of players could work on.

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