Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Soriano Blasts Yankees Past Orioles
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

September 10th, 2013

New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 7 Orioles 5

The New York Yankees were able to bounce back from a loss on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles with a come from behind win on Tuesday night. The win moves the Yankees to (77-68) on the season, which is two games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the final Wild Card spot.

Miguel Gonzalez got the start for the Orioles in Game 2 of the four-game series, and although despite pitching much better than his previous start against the Yankees he didn’t factor in the decision of this game. Alex Rodriguez got to Gonzalez first breaking a scoreless game up in the third inning with a RBI double that scored Chris Stewart. In the sixth inning the Yankees would show off their power, as Alfonso Soriano hit a solo-home run, which was his 14th home run since joining the Yankees. Mark Reynolds would follow in Soriano's footsteps a few batters later with a solo-home run of his own, which was his 18th of the year. Gonzalez finished going six innings allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out six batters, and leaving the game in position to earn the win.

Coming off a complete game shutout the last time he pitched against the Orioles, Ivan Nova was looking to replicate that performance on Tuesday, but a bad fifth inning hurt Nova in this start. The first Orioles run came on not the smartest of plays by Eduardo Nunez, who on a slow grounder rushed a throw leading to an error and the first Orioles run, as J.J. Hardy scored. A line out by Nick Markakis scored Brian Roberts with help from Alex Rodriguez cutting off a throw that looked to be a good from Soriano, and had a good shot of getting Roberts at home. Chris Davis would then come to the plate and smack his his 49th home run, which was a two-run shot. Nova would finish going six innings allowing four runs on six hits, and two walks.

The bullpen for the Orioles really let them down in this game, as Kevin Gausman in the eighth inning allowed a RBI single to Robinson Cano, who was followed up by Soriano, and he delivered with a two-run home run to give the Yankees a 6-4 lead. The Yankees wouldn’t be done in the eighth inning, as back to back doubles from Curtis Granderson and Reynolds gave the Yankees a comfortable lead.

In the bottom half of the the eighth inning the Yankees would give one run back, as Shawn Kelley had two wild pitches that J.R. Murphy couldn’t handle, as he entered the game for the injured Austin Romine. A sac-fly by Matt Wieters allowed Davis to score after taking Second and Third Base on the wild pitches. Joe Girardi would call on Mariano Rivera for the four-out save, and Rivera looked much better than he has of late getting all for batters out, which earned him his 42nd save of the season.

Notebaly for the Yankees was that Alex Rodriguez had to leave the game in the eighth inning with hamstring tightness.

Next up for the Yankees will be an important Game 3 of the series in Baltimore, as Andy Pettitte (10-9, 4.03) will be facing off against Scott Feldman (5-4, 3.63).

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