By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

July 11th, 2014

New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 2 Orioles 3

The New York Yankees suffered a difficult loss in extra-innings to the Baltimore Orioles after a well-pitched game from Hiroki Kuroda. The loss moves the Yankees back to .500 at (46-46) on the season, and are now five games behind the Orioles in the AL East.

Once again the Yankees offense would jump out to an early lead, but once again those leads weren’t that big, and despite good pitching couldn’t be held on to. It was a pair of solo-homeruns that hurt Orioles Starter Miguel Gonzalez. Brian Roberts started it off with his fifth homerun of the season in the second inning, and then in the third inning Kelly Johnson would hit his sixth homerun of the season. Gonzalez pitched very well after the two solo-homeruns, by going eight innings only allowing the two runs on six hits with five strikeouts.

Being the last man standing in the starting rotation for the Yankees, Kuroda is being asked to be the Yankees ace, and on Friday night he gave them a fantastic start. Kuroda went seven innings allowing just two runs on three hits. The Orioles only got to Kuroda in the fourth inning, as Steve Pierce scored on a wild pitch from Kuroda, and then Chris Davis hit a sac-fly to score Adam Jones.

All-Star, Dellin Betances was impressive against the Orioles, going two innings after Kuroda without allowing a base-runner, and stuck-out three batters in just 23 pitches, 18 of which were strikes.

The top four in the Yankees order struggled mightily on Friday, as Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Mark Teixeira went a combined one for 19 at the plate, which is a recipe for not scoring runs.

Extra-innings didn’t last very long for the Yankees, as Adam Warren couldn’t get it done in the 10th inning. A lead-off double down the Right Field line for Manny Machado, and then Nick Hundley was able to get the walk-off base-hit to hand Warren his fifth loss of the season.

Next up for the Yankees will be the middle game of the series with the Orioles, as Shane Greene (1-0, 2.84) will be making his second start of the season against Chris Tillman (7-4, 4.11).