By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
Junes 22nd, 2014
Baltimore Orioles vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Orioles 8 Yankees 0
The New York Yankees looking to take another series against an AL East team, were unable to take the rubber-game against the Baltimore Orioles despite having Masahiro Tanaka on the hill. The loss moves the Yankees to (39-35) on the season, but with the Toronto Blue Jays losing as well, they stay within 1.5 games.
Orioles Starter Chris Tillman did a great job out dueling Tanaka, as he shut the Yankees offense out in his seven innings of work. Tillman only allowed four hits, two of which were to Ichiro Suzuki. To start the game it looked like the Yankees were going to be getting to Tillman early, but a reviewed triple by Brett Gardner turned out to be that he wasn’t on the base when he was tagged, and he was out. Tillman did walk four batters, but was able to pick up his sixth win of the season.
For only the second time of the season, Tanaka was handed a loss even though he pitched pretty well, but not the exceptional pitching we are use too from him. In the second inning it was Johnathon Schoop that broke the scoreless game with a solo-homerun, which was his sixth of the season. Schoop would have another RBI in the seventh inning, with an RBI ground-out that scored J.J. Hardy. The next batter Caleb Joseph would hit a sac-fly, scoring Manny Machado to give the Orioles a comfortable 3-0 lead. Tanaka finished going seven inning allowing three runs on six hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.
In the eighth inning, a rare bad performance from Adam Warren made this game very ugly, as he would load up the bases with just one out in the inning. Hardy would unload the bases with a double into Right-Center Field, and then Machado would knock him with a single.
David Huff would pitch in the ninth inning to finish up in junk time, but the Orioles bats wouldn’t let him off easy, as Joseph hit his first homerun of the season to make it the final score of 8-0.
Yankees First Baseman Mark Teixeira was forced to leave the in the eighth inning after being hit by a pitch in the foot by T.J. McFarland, and then after limping down to First Base, left the game in agony.
Next up for the Yankees will be a trip up to Toronto for a three-game series, as the red hot Chase Whitley (3-0, 2.56) will be facing Marcus Stroman (3-2, 5.14) on Monday night.