Thursday, April 29, 2010

O's get shutout, lose series to Yankees

A.J. Burnett pitched eight scoreless innings as the Yankees took care of the O's 4-0 to win two of three. The loss drops the O's to an awful 4-18 record.

Burnett's final pitching line was fantastic: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 1 BB. He probably could have pitched the final inning, but he had already thrown 116 pitches. Mariano Rivera preserved the shoutout with a scoreless ninth.

Facing Burnett was Brian Matusz, who got hit around a little bit (nine hits in six innings), but still only gave up three runs. Matusz struck out just two but didn't walk any batters, which is pretty impressive considering he was pitching against the patient Yankees.

Overall, the Yankees manufactured an 11-hit attack, led by three-hit performances by Robinson Cano and Marcus Thames. Cano, who is absolutely on fire right now, hit two solo home runs and also doubled. Thames had two singles and an RBI double. Another quick note on Cano: Yes, the season is still pretty young, but April is almost over and Cano has a batting line of .407/.444/.790. Wow.

As for the O's, the team's three hits were collected by Adam Jones, Ty Wigginton, and Cesar Izturis. And they were all singles. Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters each drew a walk as well.

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