Orioles 4, Yankees 2: Losing ground

You know a game is bad when the most exciting part of it wasn’t something that actually happened on the field of play but between innings and involved the teams’ managers.

Between the first and second inning of tonight’s game – during the commercial break – Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter got into a shouting match that was so heated, the umpiring crew had to form a human wall to keep them from getting at each other. No one’s actually sure what happened but it seems Girardi said something to the Orioles’ third base coach and that enraged Showalter.

The Yankees had just five hits in tonight’s loss and they now find themselves three games behind the Rays in the wild card race. (Oh and Baltimore and Cleveland are also still ahead of them.)

Things started off well for the Yankees when Alex Rodriguez hit his fifth home run of the season to put the Yankees ahead 1-0. It was an opposite field shot and his third off O’s starter Chris Tillman.…

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Rivera Saves The 6-5 Lead, Yankees Sweep The White Sox

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CC Sabathia (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K) As I mentioned in the game thread, Sabathia came into this game with a 7.38 ERA since the All Star break. The Yankees need to win every game they can, and that’s just not going to happen when your supposed ace is hurting you every 5 games. Against the American League’s weakest offense, Sabathia was hoping to gain some confidence from tonight’s game. After allowing a run on a couple of walks and a double in the 1st inning, Sabathia settled down.

The biggest inning might have been the fourth, where Sabathia began the inning with a man on second due to a throwing error by Derek Jeter. The lefty induced two soft hits and a strikeout to strand the runner on base without giving up the lead. The Yankees would go on to score a quartet of base runners in the bottom of that inning, giving him all the room he needed to work with.…

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Yankees 6, White Sox 4: Wow

So tonight’s game turned out to be a good one, eh?

It started off with Chris Sale was being Chris Sale and with Hiroki Kuroda struggling for the fourth consecutive start and it looked as though the Yankees were on their way to a “punch to the gut” kind of loss. But thankfully, they had other ideas and after a five-run eighth inning, the Yankees were able to pull ahead and win their second game in a row.

Kuroda lasted 6.1 innings but labored through most of them. He gave up four runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He also surrendered a solo home run to Alejandro De Aza. If Kuroda had been facing a better team, I think he would have been out of the game earlier.

The Yankees were finally able to get to Sale in the eighth inning and after giving up a single to Derek Jeter and a double to Robinson Cano, he was taken out of the game.…

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Yankees 9, White Sox 1: Thanks, Mother Nature!

Here’s all you really need to know about today’s game (Thanks to Yahoo!):

Bottom 4th: NY Yankees
- A. Rodriguez doubled to right
- V. Wells singled to pitcher
- C. Granderson walked, A. Rodriguez to third, V. Wells to second
- M. Reynolds singled, A. Rodriguez scored, V. Wells to third, C. Granderson to second
- A. Romine singled to shallow center, V. Wells and C. Granderson scored, M. Reynolds to third
- B. Gardner doubled to shallow right, M. Reynolds scored, A. Romine to third
- D. Jeter singled to pitcher, A. Romine scored, B. Gardner to third
- R. Cano popped out to second
- A. Soriano doubled to left, B. Gardner scored, D. Jeter to third
- A. Rodriguez walked
- J. Petricka relieved D. Axelrod
- V. Wells safe at first on first baseman A. Dunn’s throwing error, D. Jeter and A. Soriano scored, A. Rodriguez to second
- C. Granderson grounded into fielder’s choice, A.

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Orioles put up 7 in the seventh, avoid sweep

Through six innings this game looked like a sure win for the Yankees. The Bombers were up three nothing with Andy Pettitte looking strong on the mound. It all came undone in the seventh inning.

Pettitte’s pitch count was low through six, making it a no-brainer to bring him out for the seventh. Unfortunately Andy faced two hitters and recorded zero outs that inning. After allowing two runner to reach base, Joe Girardi decided to relieve Pettitte with Shawn Kelley. Kelly promptly gave up a homer to J.J. Hardy. That made it 4-3 O’s, and it was the ball game.

Things, however, actually got worse. Boone Logan relieved Kelley and also recorded zero outs. For those keeping score at home, Pettitte, Kelley and Logan all faced two hitters in the inning without recording a single out. Joba Chamberlain relieved the ineffective Logan and promptly gave up a three run homer to Adam Jones. That made it 7-3 O’s, and pretty much shut the door on this one.…

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