Monday, May 3, 2010

O's can't extend win streak, lose to Yankees

In a game that lasted only two hours and 29 minutes -- pretty quick considering the Yankees were involved -- the Orioles dropped to 7-19 after a 4-1 loss. The Orioles couldn't solve the pitching of CC Sabathia, who lasted eight innings and allowed just one run -- a solo home run by Matt Wieters in the second inning.

Jeremy Guthrie gave up just six hits in seven innings, but the Yankees scored all of their runs with two outs in the fourth inning as Guthrie struggled to get that crucial third out. With a runner on second and two outs, Nick Swisher lined an RBI double off the wall in right field to tie the game, 1-1. Brett Gardner then singled to extend the inning and put two runners on, and then Randy Winn, of all people, blasted a three-run home run to center field to give the Yankees a comfortable cushion with Sabathia on the mound. Guthrie also walked two and struck out two. And with the loss, Guthrie is now 0-4 on the season.

Both teams had six hits, but the O's were just unable to break through against Sabathia. Garrett Atkins got the start at first base with the left-hander on the mound and collected two hits (both singles). Nick Markakis doubled and walked, and Nolan Reimold also had a double. Lou Montanez walked, Wieters had a walk to go along with his home run, and Miguel Tejada singled. That's it.

The one good thing about this game is that Guthrie lasted a while and gave most of the bullpen a chance to rest. Unfortunately, the offense couldn't give him some support, not to mention that the defense, particularly Ty Wigginton, didn't really help him out defensively.

One additional note: Luke Scott has obviously been struggling, and it was interesting to see Rhyne Hughes get the pinch-hitting nod (for Atkins) in the ninth over Scott. Not that it mattered, though: Hughes struck out on four pitches.

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