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YANKEES 13, ORIOLES 2
The rain that fell throughout Camden Yards was a perfect metaphor for the game on Thursday night. Once the skies opened up, the Yankees dumped a umbrella-full of runs on the Orioles they could not possibly overcome.
Nick Swisher drove in four runs and Mark Teixeira homered and drove in three while CC Sabathia continued his personal domination of the Orioles as New York scored five runs in the first inning and went on to drown Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in a game delayed at the start by a 48-minute rain delay. The Orioles, in retrospect, wished it was much longer.
Sabathia (4-3) pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up seven hits, walking none and fanning a season-high nine batters. Sabathia ran his career record over the Orioles to 16-2 and he was in command from his first pitch to his last, which struck out Vladimir Guerrero swinging.
The Yankees, fresh off a game against the Orioles in which they could not by a key hit until Robinson Cano’s two-run double in the 15th inning, jumped all over Orioles starter Brad Bergesen (1-5) in the first inning. Swisher capped off a nine-batter assault with a two-out bases-loaded double to left that plated all three base-runners. Bergesen gave up eight runs on five hits, three walks and hit a batter in just 3 1/3 innings. He entered the game with an 0-3 career record and a 6.65 ERA against the Yankees.
With the victory, the Yankees improved their season record to 23-19 and they moved to within one game of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East. The Orioles are 19-23 and in last place, fives game behind the Rays.
- Swisher added a RBI single in the fourth inning for his second four RBI game of the season. It was a welcome sight for the Yankees to see Swisher getting key hits. He entered the game hitting .215 and he had been ineffective all season long hitting left-handed. He is now hitting .223 with two home runs and 19 RBI.
- The Yankees hit three triples in the game. Curtis Granderson hit an RBI triple in the first inning to plate the game’s first run. Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter hit-back-to-back RBI triples in the fourth that finally chased Bergesen from the game. In all, the Yankees collected nine extra-base hits. In Wednesday’s 15-inning game, Cano’s double was their only extra-base hit of the night.
- Sabathia cruised with the big lead he was handed. He has made two starts against the Orioles this season and the Yankees have won them by a combined score of 28-5. In those two games, Sabathia has given up just three runs on 13 hits and one walk and struck out 16 batters in 16 innings. Sabathia, in a word, simply “owns” the Orioles.
- Eduardo Nunez, 23, may be a bit rough in the field but he is showing great promise as a hitter. He entered the game to spell Alex Rodriguez in the eighth inning and hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning off reliever Troy Patton, his first of the season and his second in the major leagues. In limited play this season, Nunez is hitting .300.
There were no negatives in this one. The Yankees played as perfect as they possibly could. After losing six in a row, the Yankees have now won three straight.
Manager Joe Girardi chose to use Mark Teixeira as the DH on Thursday and inserted Jorge Posada at first base to give Teixiera a bit of a break. It was Posada’s first use in the field this season and his 28th career start at first base. He handled all the chances without an error. Posada, who has maintained he is better hitter when he plays in the field, was 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI in the game. . . . A CT scan performed on outfielder Chris Dickerson indicated just a slight concussion and Girardi said he should be available to play on Friday. Dickerson was struck in the helmet in the 15th inning on a pitch by Michael Gonzalez in the 15th inning of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles. Dickerson sported a welt over his left eye and a small cut on his forehead but said he felt lucky he was not hit in the eye. . . . Bergesen hit Cano in the left thigh with a pitch in the first inning. Despite the fact Bergesen’s command was off, Sabathia chose to send a message to the Orioles in the bottom of the inning. After retiring the first two batters, Sabathia hit Nick Markakis in the back with a fastball. Home-plate umpire Larry Vanover warned both dugouts about further incidents. Yankee reliever Amauri Sanit hit rookie Brandon Snyder with a pitch in the ninth inning but Vanover elected not to eject him.
The Yankees return to the Bronx to open the first part of the 2011 Subway Series with the New York Mets.
The Yankees will start right-hander Freddy Garcia (2-3, 3.22 ERA). Garcia gave up a season-high four runs on six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings against the Red Sox in his last start. Garcia has a record of 21-8 with a 2.92 ERA in interleague play. He is 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA against the Mets.
The Mets will counter with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (1-5, 5.08 ERA). Dickey gave up four runs on six hits in the first inning against Houston in a loss on Saturday. He is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA against the Yankees in his career.
Game-time will be 7:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast nationally by the MLB Network and locally by MY9.
- Sabathia actually was dominant in seven of his eight innings. He shut out the Orioles in those seven innings on four singles and no walks and fanned six. However, in the seventh inning, he gave up a leadoff walk to Nick Markakis and a single to Derrek Lee. Then Adam Jones nicked the left-hander for an opposite-field three-run home run to right to get Orioles back into the game at 6-3. But the Yankees’ offense took off from there.
- Rodriguez opened the Yankees’ scoring with a two-run double in the first inning. He added the 22nd grand slam of his career with two outs in the eighth inning off Josh Rupe to make the score 13-3. A-Rod needs only one more grand slam to tie Lou Gehrig for the all-time lead. His six RBIs in the game moved him past Carl Yastrzemski into 10th place on the all-time RBI list with 1,847.
- Martin has more than served notice that he has regained his 2007 form at the plate. He now has six home runs, 15 RBIs and is batting .333 on the season. With two out in the top of the eighth inning Rupe hit Martin with his first pitch, which rankled Martin. But he is quickly earning the respect of A.L. pitchers.
- Posada hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and he now has six home runs among his nine hits this season.
- Don’t look now but it appears Brett Gardner may be about to shake his season-long funk. He doubled in the second and hit a two-run home run in the ninth after Martin was plunked to close out the Yankees’ season-high 15-run assault on the Orioles.
- Nick Swisher was the only starter who did not register a hit in the game. He was 0-for-4 but he did draw a walk and scored a run. His batting average dipped to .254.
- Sabathia was rolling into the seventh inning having thrown only an amazing 56 pitches over the first six innings. But he was tagged for three runs on four hits and a walk in the next two innings and he threw 47 pitches over that span. He also did not help his cause by failing to cover first on an infield single by Markakis in the eighth. But Sabathia got out of the inning without giving up a run.
- Swisher missed three games last week due to a sore left knee and did not return to the lineup until Monday. He was 0-for-7 in the previous two games before going 2-for-4 on Wednesday. The two RBIs also give him 82 for the season, which ties the total he drove in for the Yankees last season. His career high in RBIs is 95 set with Oakland in 2006.
- Ivan Nova pitched a career-high six innings for the Yankees and he pitched well enough to have won. Nova gave up six hits and walked two (both intentional) and fanned six. His only mistake was serving up a 3-0 fastball that Matt Wieters slammed into the second deck in left-field for a two-run home run in the fifth inning. In his four starts, Nova is 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings.
- Once again, the bullpen shined and allowed the Yankees to mount their comeback by holding the Orioles to two runs. Boone Logan, David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain combined to give up no hits and no walks and strike out six in three innings. Chamberlain (3-4), who pitched a scoreless ninth inning, won the game in relief.
- Curtis Granderson, Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner worked in unison in the third inning to give the Yankees an initial 1-0 lead. Granderson drew a walk from Orioles starter Brad Bergesen and stole second. He moved to third on Cervelli’s groundout to first and scored on Gardner’s double to left. Gardner was thrown out at third base trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
- Derek Jeter was 0-for-4 and he finished the 10-game home-stand 5-for-36 (.139). He is hitting .172 for the month and his season average is down to .262. Yankee fans are still wondering what is happening to their captain.
- Mark Teixeira started the home-stand 9-for-13 (.692) in the four games against Oakland. In the next six games he was 3-for-20 (.150), including an 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Wednesday.
- Gardner really hurt the Yankees badly by getting thrown out at third in the third inning but he really hurt them worse with his at-bat in the fifth inning. With one out and Lance Berkman at second and Cervelli on first, Gardner grounded into an inning-ending double play and allowed Bergesen to wriggle off the hook for another inning.