Yankees Take First Game From Baltimore
Another day, another injury concern for the Yankees. During the club’s 5-2 win over the Orioles, Eduardo Nunez was forced to leave the game after being struck in the wrist by an errant fastball.
In the bottom of the second inning Nunez took a pitch off of his right wrist while attempting to get out of the way of a tailing pitch from O’s starter Miguel Gonzalez. The platoon infielder was able to stay in the game for the rest of the inning, but after attempting one throw in-between innings, was forced to leave. X-rays on the wrist came back negative with early reports calling the injury a contusion.
In the bottom of the third, after Manny Machado’s RBI single gave the O’s a 1-0 lead, Kevin Youkilis drove in Brett Gardner to tie the ball game. Youkilis continues his red hot start to the season where he has gotten a base hit in every game.
It was the Yankees’ other hot hitter, Robinson Cano, who drove in the go ahead run in the bottom of the fifth, making good on a sacrifice bunt by Brett Gardner, which moved Francisco Cervilli into scoring position.
In the top of the seventh a Kevin Youkilis error allowed Matt Wieters to reach safely, and a single by J.J. Hardy drove him in, tying the game at two. That score was not to last very long. In the bottom frame, after two hits batmen and a walk loaded the bases, Adam Jones dropped a Vernon Wells fly ball, breaking the game open 5-3 in favor of the Yankees.
So the Yankees scored the three runs without registering a hit in the bottom of the seventh, which is odd enough. Then, to compound the bizarre finish, they managed to bail C.C. out of a two on, no out jam by pulling off a triple play in the top of the eighth. It was a stretch of baseball that no one could predict, followed by Mariano Rivera delivering the most predictable scoreless ninth inning baseball will ever see.
C.C. Sabathia was sharp all night, only allowing one earned run over eight innings of work. Sabathia struck out nine batters, at one point punching out five in a row en route to his second win of the season.