September 9th, 2013
New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles
Final Score: Yankees 2 Orioles 4
The New York Yankees were unable to start their important four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles on a good note, as they suffered a 4-2 loss on Monday night. The loss moves the Yankees to (76-68) on the season, which is three games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the final Wild Card spot.
In a big game for both teams, Orioles Starter Chris Tillman came up big with a great start, as he earned his 16th win of the season. Tillman only made two bad pitches in this game, but was otherwise sensational. In the first inning Alex Rodriguez hit a solo-home run off of Tillman to give the Yankees a quick 1-0 lead, and it was the fifth home run of the season for Rodriguez. It wouldn’t be until the eighth inning when Tillman would make another mistake, as Lyle Overbay hit a solo-home run, which was his 14th of the season. Tillman went seven innings allowing just the two runs on four hits, while striking out nine batters.
Despite being spotted a 1-0 lead in the first inning C.C. Sabathia gave it up very quick, and was never able to get a lead back, as he picked up his 12th loss of the season. In the first inning a sac-fly by Adam Jones, scored Nick Markakis. In the fifth inning the Orioles would take the lead off of Sabathia, as Matt Wieters hit a sac-fly to score J.J. Hardy, and then Markakis would single in Alexi Casilla. In the seventh inning the O’s would get their final run of the game off Sabathia, as Manny Machado the double machine hit a double to score Matt Wieters. Sabathia finished up the game going 7.1 innings allowing four runs, three of which were earned on seven hits, and two walks, while striking out six batters. An Important thing from the mediocre start from Sabathia was that only Adam Warren had to pitch out of the Yankees bullpen, and Warren only had to face two batters.
An interesting moment happened between both Managers in between the innings, as Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter got into quite a heated argument. The yelling apparently started because Girardi accused Orioles Third Base Coach Bobby Dickerson of stealing signs, which lead to the benches clearing and both Managers being held back by Umpires.
Next up the Yankees will look to try and get back on the winning track, as Ivan Nova (8-4, 3.02) will be facing Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 3.98) on Tuesday night.