New York Yankees Comeback Against Baltimore Orioles Falls Short


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New York Yankees Are Shutdown by Miguel Gonzalez, Lose To Baltimore Orioles

The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles are square at one in their series, as the Yankees bats went back to sleep in the second game of the series after exploding for 20 runs the prior two games combined. C.C. Sabathia made his second start of the season, and he again wasn’t overly sharp, but at least was able to give the Yankees some innings this time.

Unlike his first start, this time around Sabathia was able to avoid the one big inning. Unfortunately, the Orioles were still able to sprinkle four runs against Sabathia over seven innings, including three in the first four.

The Orioles didn’t waste any time getting in the board, as Adam Jones hit his fourth home run of the season already, staking the O’s to the early lead.

Sabathia was able to get through the second inning unscathed, but ran into trouble again in the second and third innings. In the second inning, the wound was self-inflicted as Sabathia walked the leadoff hitter Everth Cabrera. Manny Machado would follow with a single, pushing Cabrera to third. He came home on the next batter courtesy of a Jones sac fly. Sabathia was able to induce Steven Pearce into a double play to stop the bleeding there.

Again Sabathia would hurt himself in the fourth inning. After allowing an infield single to start the inning to Delmon Young, he would advance because of a Sabathia wild pitch. Sabathia was able to bounce back with two consecutive strikeouts, but couldn’t get Caleb Joseph, who knocke in Young with an RBI single.

Sabathia would pitch a clean fifth inning, his only 1-2-3 inning of the evening because a Didi Gregorius error in the sixth lengthened that inning by another batter.

The Orioles would strike again in the seventh inning, as a Cabrera sac fly plated the Orioles fourth run of the game off of Sabathia. He was a gamer tonight, making it through the seven innings, allowing seven hits and one walk resulting in the four runs to go with seven strikeouts. The strikeout numbers have been nice for Sabathia again, but once again he was not overly sharp in a night when the Yankees could have used him to be to have any chance at winning.

That is because the Yankees were mowed down tonight by Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez. The Yankees actually had their chances to score on Gonzalez, as they had at least one runner get into scoring position both the first and second innings, but were unable to make anything of them. Gonzalez would then retire the next nine Yankees he faced in order, before the Yankees were finally able to scratch a run across in the sixth inning.

After a Jacoby Ellsbury single and Chase Headley strikeout, Ellsbury found his way to second base because of a Gonzalez wild pitch. Gonzalez looked like he was going to get out of the inning without any runs against him, as he got Carlos Beltran to fly out for the second out of the inning. But Mark Teixeira came through with a two-out RBI double, scoring Ellsbury for the Yankees’ first run of the game.

That would be all the Yankees managed off Gonzalez, as he twirled a seven inning 10 strikeout outing to hold them at bat. He surrendered only four hits and one walk to go with the one run.

The Yankees did make a comeback attempt in the eighth inning though, taking advantage of an Orioles errors. Kevin Gausman entered to pitch the eighth inning and immediately got into trouble as Gregorius started with a single. Headley singled after an Ellsbury fly out to get the Yankees in business. Beltran would ground out, scoring Gregorius. Headley would come in a batter later because of an error by Alejandro De Aza in left field off the bat of Teixeira.

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That would be the closest the Yankees would get, as Gausman got the last out of the eighth inning and then Zach Britton closed the door in the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning.

The Yankees and Orioles will wrap up their series and play the rubber game Wednesday afternoon. Nathan Eovaldi will be making his second start in pinstripes and will be opposed by the Orioles’ Bud Norris.

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