By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
May 20th, 2013
New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles
Final Score: Yankees 6 Orioles 4
The New York Yankees were able to pull out a victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday in what was a back and forth game that took extra innings to decide a winner. The extra innings win moves the Yankees to (28-16) on the season with a nice 1.5 game lead over the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
Once again Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia looked far from his normal ace form, and with his velocity down, Sabathia may no longer be the pitcher were use to seeing. Sabathia went 6.1 innings allowing four runs on 11 hits, and only had two strikeouts. It is Sabathia's second straight start that he has allowed double-digit hits, which is the first time that he has done that in his career, and he blew Yankees leads twice in the game, something that aces are not suppose to do.
The Yankees bullpen however was very solid in this extra innings game, as Shawn Kelley and Boone Logan did a very good job in middle relief before David Robertson earned the win, which is his third of the year. Mariano Rivera came in to finish the game off in the 10th inning, while picking up his 17th save of the season.
Robinson Cano got the Bronx Bombers offense going early against former teammate Freddy Garcia in the first inning, as Cano hit his 13th homerun of the season, which gave him a temporary lead in the AL in homeruns until Chris Davis hit his 13th homerun of the season in the second inning. Cano finished the game going one for three with two walks.
Recent call-up David Adams is showing signs that he may belong in the majors, as on Monday he went two for four, which included his first homerun of his major league career. Adams is hitting .333 so far since being called up.
Lyle Overbay was the next Yankee to join their homerun parade in the seventh inning. Overbay was struggling off left-handed pitchers so it made all the sense in the world for Orioles Manager Buck Showalter to pull Freddy Garcia for Troy Patton, but Overbay got the best of Patton for a solo-shot, which was his seventh of the season.
Travis Hafner had the most important of the Yankees four homeruns, as with one out in the top of the ninth, Hafner took Orioles Closer Jim Johnson deep to Left Field, which tied the game at four, and eventually sent it took extra-innings. Hafner also came thru in the 10th inning with a single to give the Yankees and insurance run after Vernon Wells got them the lead with an RBI double.
The Yankees will be looking to make it eight straight wins against division opponents on Tuesday, as Phil Hughes (2-3, 5.88) will be facing Mike Gonzalez (2-2, 4.58).