Friday, September 13, 2013

Yankees Win Big Series Against Orioles
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

September 12th, 2013

New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 6 Orioles 5

The New York Yankees were able to take the four-game series on the road in Baltimore against the Orioles, which is huge for the Yankees, as they are closing in on the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card spot. The win moves the Yankees to (79-68) on the season, and now sit just one game behind the Rays.

Orioles Starter Wei-Yin Chen had a rough night in a big game, as the Yankees offense had no problem hitting the lefty. In the second inning Mark Reynolds got the Yankees on the board with a two-run home run, which was his 19th of the season. In the third inning with the bases loaded Vernon Wells came thru with a two-run single that scored Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano, which made it a 4-0 Yankees lead at the time. The final Yankees run off Chen would come from the bat of Curtis Granderson, who smacked a solo-home run off of him, which was Granderson's sixth of the season. Chen finished going 6.1 innings allowing five runs on seven hits, and two walks, but Chen however did strikeout nine batters.

Phil Hughes got the start for the Yankees, as after a few appearances in the bullpen he got the start in this game. Hughes went just three innings in this game, and didn’t pitch all that bad allowing just one run on three hits, and he had three strikeouts. The only Orioles run came in the third inning off of Hughes, as Manny Machado singled home Matt Wieters. Joe Girardi pulled Hughes for David Huff in the fourth inning after an Eduardo Nunez error.

Huff like Hughes would pitch pretty good for the Yankees, as he also went three innings allowing one run. The one mistake Huff made in the ball game came in the seventh inning, as Nick Markakis hit a solo-home run, which was his 10th of the year.

The eighth inning was an absolute disaster for David Robertson, and if it wasn’t for Soriano robbing Machado of a home run to start off the inning it could have been even worse. The big blow against Robertson would come from the bat of Danny Valencia, who hit a three-run home run, which tied the game up at five a piece heading into the ninth inning. Robertson did finish up the eighth inning, but he allowed three runs on four hits in a very poor performance.

In the top of the ninth inning Orioles Closer Jim Johnson in a non-save situation literally threw the game away. A Brendan Ryan lead-off single would signal doom for the Orioles, as a throwing error by Johnson would allow Ryan to be safe at second on what couldn’t been a double play. Granderson would then lay down a sac-bunt to advance the runners, and then a Johnson wild pitch would allow Ryan to score.

Mariano Rivera would come in the ninth to earn his sixth win of the season, but not the save in a strange ruling, as Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

A big blow might have happened to the Yankees in the first inning, as Brett Gardner was forced to leave the game with a oblique strain, which is a tricky injury, and may cost him the rest of the season depending on the how bad it is.

Next up for the Yankees will be a big series in Boston against the Red Sox with the Wild Card in sight, as Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.99) will be facing John Lackey (9-12, 3.48) in the series opener.

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