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.…
Now we’re talking! The Yankees have won the first two against the Orioles and moved in front of them in the standings. Even better, the Bombers currently sit just 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. ESPN still has their playoff odds at under 15%, but things are getting interesting! But the team will...
Last night was a big win for the Yankees and a win today would be even bigger so if Ivan Nova knows what’s good for him, he’ll pitch well.
Got it?? (Kidding)
Here’s the Yankees lineup:
(As of the writing of this post- 11 AM – the Orioles haven’t posted their lineup)
I can admit that I didn’t have high hopes going into this one, right? It’s not hard to understand why I’d feel this way because CC Sabathia has been struggling this season, he struggled in his last start and well, he wasn’t great tonight either but luckily for him and for us, his offense bailed him out with a five-run fifth inning.
So the game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Chris Davis hit an RBI single to put the O’s up 1-0. The Yankees came right back in the bottom of the frame and went ahead 2-1 thanks to a two-run home run by Alfonso Soriano.
Here’s your game thread, my apologies for it’s tardiness. I lost track of time.
To say this series is do or die is a bit of understatement. The Yankees need to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The pitching matchup is CC Sabathia vs. Miguel Gonzalez. Sabathia is looking to bounce back from another lackluster game in his last start. Gonazlez is 0-1 against the Yankees this season but has a 2.25 ERA at Yankee Stadium in two starts.
Joe Girardi had hinted earlier that he had some news regarding changes to the pitching rotation this weekend. Now, we know what they are.
Because of yesterday’s off-day, Phil Hughes‘ next start will be Monday against the White Sox instead of on Sunday against the Orioles. Andy Pettitte, who was on the schedule as Monday’s starter will now be pitching on Sunday on regular rest.
Personally, this is great news for me because I’m going to Sunday’s game and I wanted the Yankees to have a chance to win and not have to watch as Phil Hughes gives up a 500-foot home runs to Chris Davis.