By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 30th, 2013
New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 2 Orioles 4
The Baltimore Orioles completed the sweep of the New York Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball, by beating the Yankees 4-2. The loss makes it five straight for the Yankees, and they are now (42-39) on the season, which is just 1.5 games out of last place in the AL East.
Manny Machado wasted little time getting to Yankees Starter Hiroki Kuroda, as in the first inning Machado hit a solo-home run off him for his sixth of the season. The home runs would really hurt Kuroda in this one, as he picked up his sixth loss of the season. Chris Davis was the second Oriole to take Kuroda deep in the second inning for his 31st home run of the year. In the third inning it was yet another home run off Kuroda this one another solo-shot from Nat McLouth for his sixth of the year. In the seventh inning a Matt Wieters single and a J.J. Hardy double forced Kuroda from the game. Boone Logan did a good job considering he came in with no outs and runners on second and third. Brian Roberts got the fourth a final run although with a sac-fly, scoring Wieters. Kuroda's day finished with him going six innings allowing four runs on seven hits, but Kuroda did strikeout seven batters.
Baltimore got a very good start from Chris Tillman, who earned his 10th win of the season, and handled the Yankees poor lineup for the most part. Tillman went six innings allowing just two runs on five hits, two walk, and struckout six batters. The first run for the Yankees came in the second inning with the bases loaded, as Brett Gardner did a nice job to work a walk to score Zoilo Almonte. The Yankees second and final run of the game came in the sixth inning, as Robinson Cano hit a solo-home run, which was his 17th long ball of the season.
Orioles Closer Jim Johnson came in to pitch the ninth inning, as he earned his 28th save of the season, but it didn’t come easy for Johnson. Lyle Overbay had a double to start the inning, and after a Jayson Nix strikeout, Chris Stewart was hit by a pitch giving the Yankees the tying runner on base with just one out. The Yankees were unable to get either batter home however, as David Adams struck out, and then Brett Gardner grounded out to end the game.
The Yankees will be heading to Minnesota for a four-game series against the Twins, as on Monday Andy Pettitte (5-6, 4.22) will be facing Scott Diamond (5-7, 5.40).