By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
April 13th, 2013
Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees
Final Score: Orioles 5 Yankees 3
The New York Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday afternoon, as the Yankees four game winning streak came to an end, and with the loss Sunday will be rubber game of the first series between these two teams.
Yankees Starter Phil Hughes got roughed up in his second start of the season, and for the second time couldn’t make it to the fifth inning, as he doesn’t look right due to missing a lot of spring training with the neck injury. Hughes went only three innings, while allowing five runs on nine hits, and two walks. Giving up homeruns was a problem for Hughes last year, and on Saturday it was one again, as he gave up three solo-homeruns to Ryan Flaherty, Nick Markakis, and Nolan Reimold.
The bullpen for the Yankees was exceptional after the poor start from Hughes, as they were able to stop the bleeding, and gave the Yankees a chance to comeback. Phelps did most of the work out of the bullpen, as he went four scoreless innings, while only allowing one hit, and striking out six batters. Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson pitched the final two innings, both of which were scoreless frames.
Travis Hafner got the Yankees offense going in the second inning with a solo-homerun, which is his third homerun of the season; as if Hafner can stay healthy it looks like he might be on his way to having a nice year in pinstripes.
Another new Yankee this season, Lyle Overbay played well on Saturday having a multi-hit game, as he went two for four, with an RBI base hit in the second inning, which was his sixth RBI of the year.
Vernon Wells hot start to the season continued, as he hit third homerun of the season off Jason Hammel in the sixth inning, and went two for four at the plate overall, as Wells is batting .333 so far this year.
In what was an odd sight to see and an uncommon move by Joe Girardi in order to have Brennan Boesch bat in the eighth inning for Jayson Nix, he moved Robinson Cano to Shortstop, and then Catcher Francisco Cervelli to Second Base. The move had no effect on the game, but was an interesting thing to see. At the plate both Cano and Cervelli hit well, as they each had two hits.
In his first game since joining the Yankees, Kevin Youkilis was unable to get a hit, as he went zero for five on Saturday, but Youkilis is still batting .368 for the season.
Next up for the Yankees will be the series finale, as Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 6.75ERA) will be facing Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 3.75ERA).