By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 7th, 2013
Baltimore Orioles vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Orioles 2 Yankees 1
The New York Yankees had their six game winning streak snapped on Sunday afternoon, as they were unable to sweep the Orioles at home. The loss moves the Yankees to (48-40) on the season, which is fourth in the AL East.
Orioles Starter Jason Hammel gave up the first run of the game in the second inning, as Eduardo Nunez knocked in his third run in his last two games since coming off the DL, with his sac-fly that scored Zoilo Almonte. Hammel would end up going just five innings, allowing the one run on six hits and two walks.
The Yankees got a great start from Hiroki Kuroda, but sadly for Kuroda he only got a no decision for his efforts. Kuroda would go seven shutout innings allowing just three hits and a walk on 88 pitches, leaving the game in the hands of David Robertson and Mariano Rivera.
After a scoreless eighth inning for the All-Star hopeful Robertson, who needed just nine pitches to get his 21st hold of the season the Yankees turned to the usual automatic Rivera to get the save. Sunday however was one of the rare times someone got the best of Rivera. Adam Jones would be that someone, as he took Rivera deep for a two-run homerun that scored Nick Markakis, and gave the Orioles the 2-1 lead. For Rivera it was his second loss of the season and also his second blown save of the season.
The Orioles bullpen was magnificent after the short start from Hammel, as Buck Showalter would use four pitchers to pitch the final four innings, and none of them allowed a base runner. Darren O'Day earned the win out of the bullpen, which was his fifth of the season, and Jim Johnson earned his 30th save of the season by closing out the game.
Upcoming this week is a four-game series at home against the Kansas City Royals starting on Monday, and in Game 1 it will be Phil Hughes (4-7, 4.55) facing off against Jeremy Guthrie (7-6, 4.29).