The New York Yankees almost had a fantastic comeback tonight, but came up just short against the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4. The loss drops the Yankees to 12-7 on the season.

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Initial Reaction:

What a wild ninth inning. After a Curtis Granderson strikeout, Nick Swisher singled to get a runner on base. Then, after a walk by pinch-walker Nick Johnson, the captain Derek Jeter struckout to make him 0-5 for the day. The game seemed all but over until Brett Gardner’s groundball to short hopped over the glove of Orioles’ SS Cezar Izturi. Then, slumping Mark Teixeira hit a rocket into right to make it a one run game. However, the next batter was A-Rod, who grounded out in a bang-bang play at second.

It was a strange game for Phil Hughes tonight. He allowed one earned run and two hits. However, he only struck out two and was terribly inconsistent in the second and third innings. Then, after a Boone Logan walk, the wheels fell off for Dave Robertson, who had a terrible outing (see below). Alfredo Aceves allowed another run (unearned, thanks to an errors by Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada) over two innings worth of work, but by then, the damage was already done.

The offense did nothing spectacular tonight. Kevin Millwood pitched a decent game and the Orioles’ bullpen shut down the Yankees, who managed seven hits as a team. The lone highlight (besides the wild 9th) for the Yanks was a home run by Jorge Posada.

Positives From The Game:

Working out of a Jam: Phil Hughes got himself in some trouble, walking the bases loaded and walking in a run in the second inning. However, he got Adam Jones to ground into a double play to limit the damage to one run. That’s veteran stuff right there.

Going for the Winn: Randy Winn got his first hit with the Yankees after going 0 for his 10.

Jorge Juiced One: Jorge Posada’s home run in the fourth inning was a bomb. Say all you want about the short porch in Baltimore’s right field… that’s a home run in any stadium.

Sweet Swish: Nick Swisher added three hits today. Him and Cano both were on tonight.

Negatives From The Game:

Hughes: Phil Hughes somehow made it through 5.2 innings while only giving up one run. I say somehow because he walked four and looked bad in the first few innings. However, he made the best out of his final innings.

Top of the Sixth: The Yankees managed two hits and a walk and had nothing to show for it. Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada were thrown out on the basepaths. Not where you want outs to be made.

Dave Robertson: In .1 innings pitched, Dave Robertson gave up three hits and two earned runs in relief of Phil Hughes. In essence: not good.

Interesting Facts:

15: With Jorge Posada’s fourth inning home run, the Yankees have now homered in 15 straight games in Camden Yards.

.059: The combined batting average of the top four Yankee hitters, who went 1-17. You won’t win many games depending on the five through nine hitters, even if they do contain Robinson Cano (three hits), Jorge Posada (home run), and Curtis Granderson.

.056: The first four Orioles’ hitters also did awful, going 1 for 18. Weird stuff.

2: With the loss to the O’s tonight, this gives the Yankees their longest losing streak of the young season with two. Nothing major to complain about, but let’s hope they can turn it around

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will look to get back in the win column in another 7:05 game in Baltimore. Hopefully, my computer’s IP address will show that I’m not in Valley View, Pennsylvania for the first two innings again. They have the Mets, Yankees, Phillies, and Pirates all blacked out for those of you keeping track from home.

Projected Starters:

CC Sabathia (2-1, 3.00 ERA) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 3.46 ERA)