New York Yankees 3 — Baltimore Orioles 11
Early offense blown away by late game long balls in series opener.
Brett Gardner led off the game in a great way, hitting a triple to left center field just beyond the reaching center fielder Adam Jones. Derek Jeter would hit a ground ball that scored Gardner and the Yankees took the early lead against Orioles starter Bud Norris. The Baltimore Orioles would respond relatively quickly against the Yankees’ Chris Capuano.
With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Manny Machado hit a one-out double to left field. Adam Jones struck out on a pitch that got by catcher Francisco Cervelli and allowed Jones to reach with Machado advancing to third. Nelson Cruz would get the productive sacrifice fly to center field that scored Machado and just like that the Orioles tied the game.
The second inning would feature an interesting scoring play.
Carlos Beltran would start the inning with a walk. Chase Headley would be a part of the hit-and-run that put him on first and Beltran on third with no outs. While Martin Prado was batting, Headley would break for second on what may have been a missed sign. Caught in a rundown, Beltran would make a move for home and third baseman Manny Machado would try to get him at home. He would get him, as in literally hitting him with the ball. The error by Manny Machado would allow Carlos Beltran to score. The chaos would continue for the Orioles when Bud Norris would make a poor throw on a charging Headley also looking to score and he would succeed.
On the play, Carlos Beltran stole home and Chase Headley stole second. A throwing error by Manny Machado and a throwing error by Bud Norris would allow the two to score. Yes, that actually happened.
The Yankees would get two more hits in the inning but could not muster anymore offense. In fact, after a fifth inning double by Derek Jeter, the Yankees would go hitless through the rest of the game.
In the third inning, the Orioles would suffer a key injury when Manny Machado sprained his right knee on a swing and would exit the game. The Orioles would score their second run of the game but the injury would be a strange blessing (for the game).
The replacement for Machado was slugger Chris Davis. In the fifth inning, Chris Davis would come up with one on and one out and proceeded to make the Yankees one-run lead into a one-run deficit on a 3-2 swing. The two-run home run put the Orioles ahead and not only would they not look back, they would run far ahead.
In six innings, Chris Capuano allowed four runs on six hits without a walk and striking out seven.
Adam Jones scored the run in the third inning and put the insurance run across the plate with a double against Adam Warren in the seventh inning. Nelson Cruz would hit a two-run home run against Warren and the Orioles truly began to pull away. In the eighth inning, Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles’ Yankees killer, would hit a three-run home run off of Chase Whitley and gave the Orioles double digit runs. The Orioles would plate one more run to make it an 11-3 resounding victory over the Yankees.
The Yankees were hitless in eight opportunities with runners in scoring position.
Win – Bud Norris (10-7)
Loss – Chris Capuano (1-3)
*Brett Gardner – 1 for 5, R, 3B
*Derek Jeter – 1 for 4, 2B, RBI (31)
*Chris Davis – 2 for 3, 2 R, 2-Run Home Run (21) in the 5th, 2 RBI (57)
*Adam Jones – 3 for 5, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI (72)
Current Yankees Record: 61-57
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