Thursday, April 29, 2010

Yankees cruise past O's in 8-3 win

No! The streak is over! the With the loss, the Orioles drop to 4-17 and are now 1-7 at home. Here are a few quick notes on last night's game:

- The O's hit the ball a bit against CC Sabathia (7.2 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 2 BB, 1 HR), but he simply outpitched Jeremy Guthrie (4.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR), who had his worst start of the season after giving up three runs or fewer in his first four starts.

- O's pitchers only walked one hitter and combined to strike out seven, but they also allowed 15 Yankee hits and eight runs (seven earned). Mark Hendrickson relieved Guthrie and wasn't very good either, allowing five hits and a run in only one inning of work. The Yankees didn't score any runs after that, though, as Cla Meredith, Matt Albers, and Will Ohman teamed up to finish the game with 3.1 scoreless innings.

- Nick Markakis had three hits, including an opposite field solo homer in the seventh and a double. His numbers have been on the rise, and he's now hitting .284/.379/.457. With his ability to walk, work the count, and spray the ball all over the field, Markakis seems like a great fit to hit second.

- Miguel Tejada had two hits -- his numbers are also starting to look better -- as did Cesar Izturis and Garrett Atkins. It looks like Atkins is feeling a little pressure from rookie Rhyne Hughes to start hitting. The competition could be a good thing for the O's.

- Again batting leadoff, Adam Jones went 0-4 but did have a walk. He's now hitting .202/.227/.372. Maybe he could use a day off.

Two other notes -- one coming after the game and one from the minors:

1) Apparently Yankees manager Joe Girardi is getting tired of Guthrie's control, or lack thereof, against his team. Here's part of what Girardi had to say: "What do you expect, me to be happy that our guys are getting plunked? I’m frustrated by it. I wish he had better command in there." Ouch. I know Jorge Posada got hit in the knee and had to be taken out of the game, but is it really worth it to complain against a guy you just beat?

2) Chris Tillman threw a no-hitter last night for Norfolk. Tillman, in 105 pitches, struck out six and walked just one. For more interesting notes on Tillman's outstanding pitching performance, follow the link.

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