Well that sucked.
What started out as a promising night slowly turned into a very ugly loss for the Yankees last night. They had a run on the board within the first 2 batters of the game thanks to a Brett Gardner leadoff triple and a Derek Jeter RBI groundout, and they had 2 more in the 2nd after the Orioles botched what looked like a failed double steal about as badly as one team can and both Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley scampered around to score. Then no more runs. None. Only 1 more hit after the 2nd inning.
The O’s did what you expect them to do against Chris Capuano. 4 runs in 6 innings, the go-ahead ones on a monster Chris Davis home run in the 5th. From there they continued to make the long ball work for them as Nelson Cruz swatted a 2-run homer off Adam Warren in the 7th and Jonathan Schoop smacked a 3-run shot off Chase Whitley in the 8th to put the nail in the coffin. I remember days like that for the Yankees. Good days they were.
- Beltran was credited with a steal of home in that 2nd inning calamity, his first steal of home since a long time ago.
- Schoop has been auditioning for the role of newest Yankee killer all season. He’s now hitting .385 with 3 HR and 10 RBI in 8 games against them (h/t to Feinsand for that).
- Decent night at the plate for Headley, 1-2 with 1 R scored and 2 BB. Too bad nobody else wanted to join him.
- Whitley has given up 10 ER in 6.1 IP over 5 appearances since going back to the bullpen. He’s given up at least 1 run in every appearance.
- Manny Machado left the game in the 3rd inning after his right knee buckled awkwardly on a swing. He looked to be in a lot of pain and I highly doubt we see him for the rest of the series. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. It’d be a shame for him to have major injuries to both his knees in back-to-back years at such a young age.