Seven Orioles pitchers held the Yankees without a single earned run for 14 innings Wednesday night.

Thursday’s starter, Brad Bergesen, repeated the feat, but for all of just four pitches.

The Yanks unloaded on the Orioles, early and often, on their way to a 13-2 thrashing.


Ace CC Sabathia did what he always does against the Orioles – dominate. CC pitched eight shutout innings, allowed seven hits and struck out nine, throwing 84 of his 109 pitches for strikes, to improve to 16-2 against the O’s with a 2.74 ERA in 22 career starts.

The Yankee bats kicked off the game hot, and never cooled down. Batting second, Curtis Granderson brought the first run home on a triple to deep right following a leadoff double from Derek Jeter. Mark Teixeira grounded out to second in the next at-bat, scoring Granderson to give the Yanks a very early 2-0 lead. Robinson Cano was then hit by pitch two batters later and Russell Martin walked after that, and both advanced one base after a wild pitch. Jorge Posada then walked to load the bases, which lead to the bases-clearing double to deep left off the bat of Nick Swisher (pictured above). First inning dagger.

The game went by quietly until the fourth inning, where back-to-back triples put the game out of reach for good. After Nick Swisher walked, Brett Gardner tripled to deep right with one out. Jeter, the very next batter, did his best Brett Gardener impersonation, by legging out a triple of his own. That would be all for O’s starter Brad Bergesen. With two away now and Jeter still on third, Teixeira hit a two-run homer to right, and the Yanks held a comfortable 9-0 lead.

A Swisher single in the fifth, in another bases loaded at-bat, extended the lead to double digits, 10-0. Can we get a mercy rule? Anyone? Posada hit a double to deep right in the sixth with two on, plating Cano and giving the Yanks a lead of 11 runs. In the ninth, all 155 pounds of hit a two-run jack to left, and we’ve finally reached our thirteen runs.

Amauri Sanit relieved Sabathia in the bottom of the ninth, patrolling the mound on garbage duty. O’s fans still at the rainy park got all the hope you could when your team is down 13-0 when Mark Reynolds hit a ground rule double to deep right-center with two on and none out, bringing in Baltimore’s first run and advancing a runner to third. In the next at-bat, with two runners in scoring position, a grounder to third scored the Orioles’ second run, which turned out to be their final run once Sanit settled down.

Some bad blood boiled over into tonight’s game. Sabathia hit O’s star Nick Markakis in the lower back with nobody on and two out in the bottom of the first inning, which drew a warning immediately from the home plate umpire. It’s hard to say whether the pitch was meant as the retribution for Bergesen’s plunking of Cano in the top of the first inning, and/or for Mike Gonzalez’s beaning of Chris Dickerson on Wednesday night. Whatever the case, some pitchers don’t forget these kinds of actions. Be sure to remember these incidents when the Yankees play the O’s again in the last week of July.

Key Stats

10-1: In his 12 career starts at Camden Yards, CC is 10-1 with a 2.73 ERA.

9.25: Bergesen is 0-4 with a 9.25 ERA in five career starts against the Yankees.

What’s Next?

Subway Series baby.

R.A. Dickey (1-5, 5.08 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (2-3, 3.22 ERA)