Thursday, May 21, 2009

O's-Yankees, O's Fall To Drop Another One

The Orioles first visit to the new Yankee Stadium has gone exactly as planned. First it was CC Sabathia shutting down the Birds as Brad Bergesen and Chris Ray each gave up four runs (in 6.1 and 0 IP respectively) in a 9-1 loss in game one of the series. Then Phil Hughes K'ed 9 in his five decent innings for New York which Jeremy Guthrie couldn't match (5 R on 3 HR in 7 IP). Danys Baez let it get out of reach giving up four runs while only getting one out, and the O's fell in game two 11-4.

Game three has Adam Eaton and his 7.93 ERA (and 5.71 tRA) trying to contain the Yankees relatively potent attack, as the O's will try to scratch some runs out against Joba Chamberlain (3.76 ERA, 5.89 tRA and 40 K's in 40.2 IP).

Top 1:
  • Breaking-ball gets Brian Roberts looking.
  • Adam Jones waves at a slider off the plate for strike one. That's the type of swing we saw a lot of last year. Jones connects with another one and lines it off of Joba, who is able to throw him out at first but may be hurt.
  • After a few practice throws, it looks like Joba's OK. That doesn't stop Nick Markakis from singling into left-field though.
  • Aubrey Huff lines a single into right, and the O's have runners on the corners with two down.
  • Maybe Joba's not OK after all. Alfredo Aceves will come in from the pen and be given as much time as he needs to warm up.
  • Melvin Mora flies out to short center to end the inning.
Bottom 1:
  • Derek Jeter lines a double off the wall in right. Nick makes a nice barehand catch of the bounce and almost gets Jeter sliding into second.
  • Robinson Cano lines a double into right-center. 1-0, Yankees. Looks like both bullpens will be getting some work today.
  • Mark Teixeira lines a double into the right-field corner. 2-0, Yankees.
  • A-Rod grounds out to third.
  • Hideki Matsui grounds out to second.
  • Nick Swisher draws a walk, after a passed ball had moved Tex to third.
  • Melky Cabrera hits a line-drive to center that slices away from Adam Jones. Two runs score, but Jones' throw is able to cut Melky down at third for the final out.
Top 2:
  • Nolan Reimold pops out to the catcher.
  • Felix Pie pops out to first.
  • Gregg Zaun works a walk.
  • Robert Andino - in there for the injured Cesar Izturis - flies out to center.
Bottom 2:
  • Fransisco Cervelli, the New York catcher, flies out to left.
  • Brett Gardner draws a walk.
  • Baltimore Chop off the plate by Jeter, but Eaton is able to throw him out.
  • Cano with a rocket into the right-field seats. 6-0, NY. Eaton had been doing a nice job keeping the ball down, but he left that fastball up and out over the plate.
  • Teixeira with an infield hit.
  • A-Rod lines out to left. At least the O's have a chance against the Yankees' pen.
Top 3:
  • Slider on the inside corner gets Roberts looking.
  • Jones singles into left-field.
  • Markakis singles through the right-side.
  • Huff flies out to deep right, with Jones moving over to third.
  • Mora grounds out to short and the O's fail to score again.
Bottom 3:
  • Matsui strikes out swinging.
  • Swisher grounds a ball up the middle for a single.
  • Melky flies out to left.
  • Cervelli grounds out to end the inning.
Top 4:
  • Reimold singles into the whole, with Jeter only being able to knock the ball down.
  • Pie pops out to A-Rod in foul territory.
  • Zaun grounds to second, with Cano making a spinning throw to get the force at second. Nice play, even though they weren't able to turn two.
  • Andino grounds out to second.
Bottom 4:
  • Eaton finally has a perfect inning, retiring the side in order.
Top 5:
  • Jon Albaladejo takes the mound to start the fifth, and gives up a home run to Brian Roberts on the first pitch he throws.
  • Jones lines out to left, with Swisher making a completely unnecessary leap to catch it.
  • Markakis grounds out to second.
  • Huff grounds out to first. The O's are on the board, but still down 6-1.
Bottom 5:
  • With two outs, Matsui takes one into the second deck in right to get the one run back. 7-1 now.
  • Swisher draws a five-pitch walk. The 95th pitch will be Eaton's last - Brian Bass will try to eat some innings.
  • Groundout to short ends the inning.
Top 6:
  • Mora lines out to left.
  • Reimold gets his second infield hit of the day on a slow roller down the third-base line.
  • Fastball tails back over the middle of the plate to get Pie looking.
  • Zaun drops a double down the left-field line. Another two-out scoring opportunity for the Birds.
  • Ty Wigginton pinch-hits for Andino (and will play short?). He pulls a double down the line, and both runners come in to score.
  • Roberts strikes out swinging this time.
Bottom 6:
  • Cervelli strikes out swinging on a good fastball running in on his hands.
  • Wiggington gets tested at short on a bouncer, and he's able to scoop it and make the running throw for the out.
  • Jeter walks.
  • Cano lines a single up the middle; he is really swinging the bat well.
  • Teixeira walks to load the bases.
  • A-Rod grounds to Mora, who steps on third for the out. Yanks threaten, but it's still 7-3.
Top 7:
  • Jones lines out to center.
  • Markakis takes a low fastball out to center to make it 7-4. That's Nick's seventh of the year, and it'll be the last pitch Albaladejo throws today. Jose Veras coming in.
  • Huff grounds out to second.
  • Mora with a high flyball to left, but Melky makes the catch at the track.
Bottom 7:
  • Bass sets New York down 1-2-3.
Top 8:
  • Reimold flies out to left.
  • As does Pie.
  • Zaun picks up his second hit of the game with a single to right.
  • Wigginton picks up his second hit with a double to left-center. Potential tying un coming to the plate.
  • Roberts hits it hard to center, but Gardner is there for the catch.
Bottom 8:
  • George Sherrill in, presumably to get some work.
  • Three up, three down go the Yankees.
Top 9:
  • Mariano Rivera and his 22 to 1 strike-out to walk ratio going for the save.
  • Adam Jones gets jammed and hits a little dribbler down the first-base line. Teixeira makes a sliding grab and throws to Mo covering for the out.
  • Markakis pops out to second.
  • Huff strikes out to end the game.
Adam Eaton got knocked around and may have cemented his exit from the rotation sooner rather than later. Brian Bass pitched well in relief, but the O's weren't able to come back all the way. It was nice to see that Wigginton can play a little short in a pinch, and Nick Markakis went 3-5 with a homer. The O's get swept in New York, and will now travel to Washington for round one of the Beltway series.

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