Sunday, June 30, 2013

Phelps and Yankees Get Crushed in Baltimore
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

June 29th, 2013

New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles

Final Score: Yankees 3 Orioles 11

The New York Yankees suffered a blowout loss in Game 2 of their series in Baltimore against the Orioles, as they lost 11-3. The loss moves the Yankees to (42-38) on the season, as they are now on a four-game losing streak, and closer to last place than first place in the tough AL East.

This game got out of hand early for the Yankees, as David Phelps had a disastrous start, which led to his fifth loss of the season, and may have cost him his spot in the rotation. Phelps made it just 2.1 innings allowing nine runs on nine hits, and two walks. The Orioles wasted little time getting to Phelps, as Adam Jones got their first run of the game with an RBI single, which scored Manny Machado. After Jones, Chris Davis smacked a three-run homerun for his 29th home run of the season, and made it a 4-0 game. Phelps pitched a scoreless second inning, but in the third the Orioles broke it open. Former Yankee Chris Dickerson had a two-run base hit with the bases loaded to make it 6-0, and then Ryan Flaherty hit a three-run home run, which was his sixth of the year, and ended Phelps' day early.

The Orioles got a solid start from Zach Britton, who earned his second win of the season. Britton went 5.2 innings allowing just two runs on six hits, and three walks. The Yankees didn’t get to Britton until the sixth inning, as with the bases loaded Zoilo Almonte hit a sac-fly to score Jayson Nix for the first Yankee run. The second Yankees run came from an error by Davis, which allowed Robinson Cano to score. The Yankees final run came in the ninth inning, as Brett Gardner hit his second double of the day off Pedro Strop, which scored Chris Stewart.

Ivan Nova had the job of eating innings after the poor start from Phelps, and once again pitched pretty well. Nova went 5.2 innings allowing just two runs on six hits. The one mistake Nova made came in the sixth inning to Chris Davis, who hit a two-run home run, which was his second of the day and MLB leading 30th of the season.

Next up will be the series finale of the series in Baltimore on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, and the Yankees will look to be avoiding a sweep, as Hiroki Kuroda (7-5, 2.77) will be facing Chris Tillman (9-2, 3.72).

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