Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Orioles Defeat Yankees in Extra-Innings Rematch

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

May 21st, 2013

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 2 Orioles 3

The New York Yankees after an extra-innings win against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday suffered an extra-innings loss on Tuesday to the Orioles in 10 innings. The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak against AL East opponents, and moves the Yankees to (28-17) on the year.

Phil Hughes, after the worst start of his career bounced back nicely against the good offense of the Orioles, but his efforts only earned him a no-decision. Hughes went six innings allowing on two runs on five hits, with two walks, and five strikeouts. Hughes’ former teammate Chris Dickerson was a real thorn in his side, as Dickerson hit two solo-homeruns in the third and fifth innings off Hughes.

The Yankees bullpen was very good until extra-innings set in, and rookie Vidal Nuno came in. Nuno, who has been spectacular up until Tuesday night gave up the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th inning, as Nate McLouth hit a solo-homerun to win the game, and give Nuno his first loss of the season.

Orioles closer Jim Johnson was back on the mound after blowing the save on Monday, which eventually resulted in a loss, but on Tuesday he pitched a scoreless ninth inning, and picked up his second win of the season.

The loss was the first time all season that when the Yankees scored first in the game that they lost, as they came in with an outstanding (19-0) record. 

The offense for the Yankees looked very lackluster against Mike Gonzalez, as they were only able to get five hits off Gonzalez in seven innings. Travis Hafner was the one Yankee who seemed to know how to hit Gonzalez, as Hafner had a RBI single in the first inning, and then another RBI single in the fourth inning. Hafner has been healthy this season, and now has 24 RBIs.

On Wednesday it will be the rubber game between the Yankees and Orioles, as Hiroki Kuroda (6-2, 1.99) will look to keep up his fantastic season against Jason Hammel (5-2, 5.72).

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