Saturday, August 31, 2013

Big Fifth Inning Propels Yankee Win

CC Sabathia again pitched poorly tonight against the O's who featured an explosive offense. Leading the pack for the Orioles were Manny Machado and Nick Markakis who had big hits against the Yankees lefty. The Orioles fought back each time the Yankees scored but in the end the fifth inning was the difference for the Yankees. They were able to start a rally and scored five runs before making an out in the inning. Orioles starter Manny Gonzalez gave up seven earned runs in only four innings of work. The Yankees got to him in the fifth and things unraveled from there. Sabathia surrendered five earned runs in 5.2 innings of work but still managed to earn his twelfth win of the season with an ERA just below 5. Phil Hughes has pitched better games more often than CC Sabathia this year and only has four wins to show for it. The Yankees just don't score for Hughes. Kuroda hardly ever gets any run support either but he doesn't need it as much as Hughes does when he's on the mound. Overall, the Yankees were able to score runs tonight against the Orioles who find themselves four games out of the wild card race. With the win, the Yankees are now 4.5 games out and have an almost identical record as the Orioles. The only difference between the two teams is that one can't pitch and the other can't score.

The Yankees are now in good position to take the series against the Orioles who lost tonight. The first game of a series is always key in taking a series win. A thriving Ivan Nova will take the mound tomorrow night against the Orioles. The Birds will send Scott Feldman to pitch against the Yankees who were swinging tonight. 

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