Yanks Lose 2-1, Will Play Game 5 Friday
For the second night in a row it took extra innings for the New York Yankees (2-2) and Baltimore Orioles (2-2) to decide the game. Unlike last night however it was the Baltimore Orioles who prevailed 2-1 in 13 tense innings. The Yankees lack of offense and ability to hit with runners in scoring position again was the difference.
The Yankees got a great start from Phil Hughes who went 6 2/3 gave up one run on four hits and struck out 8. The one run allowed by Hughes came in the 5th inning when Nate McClouth drilled a solo home run to right field putting the O’s up 1-0.
In the top of the sixth the Yankees looked like they were ready to finally have a big inning, something they’ve lacked these first 4 games. Derek Jeter led off with double. Ichiro advanced him to third on a ground out to the right side. The next hitter Mark Teixeira walked putting runners on the corners with one out. Robinson Cano drove in Jeter with a measly ground out to second base advancing Teixeira to second. With two outs Tommy Hunter came in on relief for Baltimore starter Joe Saunders to face A-Rod who would end up striking out.
The Yankees threatened in the bottom of the eighth against former Yankee and current Baltimore reliever Luis Ayala. Ichiro and Teixeira each singled to start the inning. Brian Matusz then came on to face Robinson Cano who again grounded out to second putting runners on second and third with one out. Darren O’Day came on to face A-Rod who struck out again and got Nick Swisher to fly out to shallow right field ending the inning.
The Yankees got great bullpen work from Boone Logan, David Robertson, Rafael Soriano and Joba Chamberlain. David Phelps came in for Joba in the 12th after he was hit in the elbow with a piece of a broken bat. Phelps got out of the 12th but could not get the job done in the 13th. Manny Machado led off with a double. After Nate McClouth grounded out the next hitter was J.J. Hardy who was the hero for Baltimore when he doubled to left center field scoring Machado in what ended up being the winning run. Jim Johnson came on for a 1-2-3 bottom half of the ninth for his second save of the postseason.
The Yankees and Orioles will play the decisive game five on Friday night. Jason Hammel (0-0 3.18) will start for the Orioles while C.C. Sabathia (1-0 2.08) gets the start for the Yankees .Pregame coverage begins at 4:30, first pitch at 5:07 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.