In the final game of a three-game series, the Baltimore Orioles defeated the New York Yankees by a score of 4-3. A.J. Burnett picked up his fourth loss of the year. With the L, the Yanks fall to 37-23 on the season.

"Chad, you scored?! Really?!?" - (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Initial Reaction:

I have no real complaints about A.J. Burnett’s start tonight. He went 6.2 innings and allowed eight hits and four earned runs. The problem I have is with the lineup not giving him more run support against Jake Arrieta, who made his first career start today for the Orioles. Arrieta was effective, but not efficient, pitching six innings and allowing four hits and three earned runs, but it came with 104 pitches and four walks. I certainly would have liked to see the lineup do more damage against a rook, but losses happen.

The offense did next to nothing this evening.

Positives From The Game:

Again…: Pretty soon, we’re going to have to make a permanent section in Yankee recaps to Robinson Cano. He impressed again, going 1-3 with a double, a run scored, and an intentional walk.

Nothing else: Losing by one to the Orioles is not a good thing.

Negatives From The Game:

Uh Oh: In the top of the 2nd, Ramiro Pena pinch-hit for A-Rod (gulp). Anytime you have to go eight innings with Ramiro Pena at third and batting cleanup, it is a bit of an issue. We’ll continue to monitor his groin injury he suffered earlier in the week.

No Respect: As a hitter, you don’t get respect; you earn it. In the top of the 6th, Jake Arrieta intentionally walked Robinson Cano to face Jorge Posada, who popped out. Since returning from the DL on June 2, Posada is 3 for his last 27 (.111) with 0 HR and 1 RBI. The next batter was Curtis Granderson, who previously hit an RBI-triple in the second inning. Granderson was walked to load the bases for Marcus Thames, who simply cannot hit righties (.235 career BA against right handers). He struck out on a slider not anywhere remotely close to the strike zone.
In the 7th inning, Mark Teixeira saw nothing anywhere near a strike with two outs because Ramiro Pena was behind him and not Alex Rodriguez. Francisco Cervelli pinch-hit for Pena and struck out swinging. Overall, tonight’s lineup just had too many holes.

Interesting Facts:

4: The number of players who either played third base or batted fourth in the lineup for the Yankees today: Alex Rodriguez (T1), Ramiro Pena (B1-T7), Francisco Cervelli (pinch hit in T7), and Kevin Russo (B7-end of game).

.489: Robinson Cano’s batting average against the O’s in 12 games this season, going 23 for 47.

Ouch: After hitting two batters in the first inning, A.J. Burnett moved ahead of four other AL pitchers to have the most hit batsmen with a total of eight.

Happy Birthday!: To Ken Singleton, YES commentator. He turned 63 today. Per the YES broadcast’s quiz, as a member of the Baltimore Orioles, Singleton hit a home run on his birthday three times in the 1980, 1982, and 1984. That’s a fun stat if I’ve ever seen one.

What’s Next?:

After a mildly successful trip to Baltimore, the Yankees will travel back to the Bronx to face a team (almost) as bad as the Orioles: the Houston Astros, who come in sporting a record of 25-36. The game will be at 7:05 PM and can be viewed on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

Brett Myers (4-3, 3.01 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (7-1, 2.47 ERA)