By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 12, 2014
New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 3 Orioles 0
On Saturday afternoon, the New York Yankees starting pitching woes were put aside for one game, as Shane Greene once again was impressive in the victory. The win moves the Yankees to (47-46), and are now four games behind the Orioles in the AL East.
Greene was able to earn his second victory in as many starts, by going 7.1 innings, without allowing a run on four hits, with nine strikeouts. Nelson Cruz was the main victim of Greene in this game, as he was struck-out three times. The performance by Greene was a much needed one for the Yankees, who are certainly going to try to hang tight in the division even without Masahiro Tanaka, and could use all the good starts they can get.
Chris Tillman gave the Orioles a good start, but going against the great one from Greene, Tillman was handed his fifth loss of the season. Tillman went 6.2 innings allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks. In the third inning the Yankees got to Tillman with a RBI double from Mark Teixeira that scored Brett Gardner. With two outs in the seventh inning the Yankees would rally for two more runs, as Derek Jeter singled home Kelly Johnson, which led to Tillman being pulled for T.J. McFarland. McFarland wouldn’t be able to end the inning without allowing any more damage, as Jacoby Ellsbury doubled home Jeter.
Joe Girardi was able to give Dellin Betances and Adam Warren a rare day off on Saturday, but using David Huff and Shawn Kelley to finish off the eighth inning to lead the way to David Robertson. Robertson pitched an easy ninth inning with two strikeouts for his 23rd save of the season.
Brian McCann continues to hit the ball much better since a small adjustment. In his last 39 at-bats, he is hitting .359 during that stretch, and on Saturday went a very nice three for four at the plate.
Next up for the Yankees will be the final game before the All-Star break, and the rubber game of their series with the Orioles, as they will be facing Kevin Gausman (3-2, 3.51) with what will likely be Chase Whitley (4-2, 4.94) on the mound to start.