By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 20th, 2014
Baltimore Orioles vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Orioles 3 Yankees 5
The momentum from a sweep against the Blue Jays carried over into Friday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, as the New York Yankees were able to win in dramatic walk-off fashion. The win moves the Yankees to (39-33) on the season, and it keeps them 1.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.
Orioles Starter Ubaldo Jimenez was very erratic on Friday night, but he did only allow one run, but did leave the game in position to earn the win. The first inning was the only one the Yankee were able to get to Jimenez, with a Mark Teixeira RBI double that scored Jacoby Ellsbury. Jimenez after that would load the bases twice, but amazingly not allow a run in either situation. He finished going 5.2 innings allowing just the one first inning run on six hits and six walks.
Hiroki Kuroda was breezing thru the first five innings against the Orioles, but when it came to the sixth inning. He lost his no-hitter, and he lost the lead for the Yankees. Nick Hundley started the sixth inning off with a double to Center Field, who was then doubled home by Steve Pearce to tie the game. Adam Jones would single home Pearce to give the Orioles the lead and make Kuroda’s five innings of no-hit baseball almost turn into a loss.
In the top of the ninth inning, Steve Pearce would give the Orioles an insurance run with his second RBI of the game, this time scoring Johnathon Schoop coming off of David Huff, who would eventually pickup his first victory of the season.
The bottom half of the ninth inning, the Yankees offense would come alive in a big way off of Zach Britton. Brett Gardner would hit a lead-off single, but two straight outs by Derek Jeter and Ellsbury would give the Yankees only one out to work with. Teixeira would draw a walk with two outs to keep the inning alive, and then Brian McCann would hit a single to score Gardner, making it a one run game. Carlos Beltran would then come to the plate and be the hero for the Yankees, as Beltran hit a three-run walk-off homerun, which was his seventh of the season.
Coming off the thrilling victory on Friday the Yankees will look to keep it going on Saturday afternoon after Tino Martinez will be presented a plaque in Monument Park, and afterwards Vidal Nuno (1-3, 5.90) will be facing Bud Norris (6-5, 3.73).