Friday, April 12, 2013

O's Gift-wrap a Win for Yankees

This was quite a bizarre game, beginning with the Eduardo Nunez hit by pitch (again) and ending with a wacky triple play in the eighth inning. The Yankees caught several breaks tonight including scoring three unearned runs in the seventh inning on a deep fly ball hit by Vernon Wells. Adam Jones caught it in his glove as he neared the warning track and the ball fell right out of his glove to allow three Yankee runs to score, which would end up being the difference in the game. The first two runs the Yankees scored were on legitimate hits, first by Youkilis then by Cano in the fifth inning following a Cervelli walk and a Gardner sac bunt. The Yankees were able to manufacture their first two runs of the game, followed by a lucky break given to them by a sloppy Orioles defense, which is among the best in baseball on any other night.

CC Sabathia was an ace tonight. He went eight strong innings, allowing only one earned run while striking out nine Orioles batters. In the eighth however, he wod record all three of his outs on a crazy triple play. All of the infielders got involved and Sabathia was out of a jam which was originally a first and second, nobody out situation. Once again, this was a win the Yankees were given by the baseball gods, probably because he felt bad about their two straight rainouts in Cleveland.

The Yankees will send Phil Hughes to the mound tomorrow in place of Andy Pettitte who felt stiffness in his back, accompanied by spasms earlier in the week. The Yankees are over the .500 mark for the first time this season and will try to keep their winning streak going tomorrow.

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