The New York Yankees’ bullpen pitched seven and a third innings of scoreless relief picking up a forgettable performance by Freddy Garcia to beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4 in twelve innings. Garcia lasted only four and two-thirds innings and became only the sixth pitcher in major league history to throw at least five wild pitches in a game. Two of those wild pitches scored runs. The weird thing about all those errant tosses is that Garcia had not thrown five wild pitches in an entire season since 2007.
The game started on a high note for the Yankees. Wei-Yin Chen, a pitcher from Taiwan, made his major league debut for the Orioles. He quickly got behind Derek Jeter, 2-0 and then threw Jeter a fastball right down the middle of the plate. Jeter took the pitch to just right of dead center for an impressive home run. The Yankees then had a chance to put Chen on the ropes as Nick Swisher hit a booming double just short of where Jeter hit his shot. Robinson Cano was next up and squared a pitch from Chen to center, but it hung up long enough for Adam Jones to run down for the first out. Alex Rodriguez was then hit by a pitch to make it first and second with one out. Chen got out of the jam when Mark Teixeira flied weakly to left and Curtis Granderson struck out.
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