After a rain delay putting off the start time, the Orioles lost the second game of the two game series to New York, 13-2. Brad Bergesen got yet another loss while C.C. Sabathia took home the win.
As they have the entire season, the Yankees took the early lead with Derek Jeter leading off the game with a double and being brought in on a triple by Curtis Granderson, who scored on a ground out to second base by Mark Teixeira. Robinson Cano got on after being hit by a hit and then Russell Martin and Jorge Posada drew back-to-back free passes, loading the bases. All three runners scored on a double by Nick Swisher. The Yankees batted around in the first, making Bergesen throw 34 pitches.
With a steady rain coming down, New York got a few add-on runs in the fourth after being sat down in order in the second and third. Bret Gardner and Jeter tripled consecutively, driving in two runs. Teixeira went deep with a two-run shot, giving the Yankees a nine-run lead.
Not slowing down in the box, the Yankees continued their dominance in the fifth inning, getting the first four hitter on base. Cano and Martin both singled and Posada followed with a walk. Nick Swisher singled past Andino, who couldn’t make the play, to get the RBI. The damaged was minimal though as they stranded the bases loaded, unable to add another in that inning.
The O’s threatened in the fifth but failed to optimize. Jake Fox doubled to right field for the second hit of the game and got around to third on a single by Robert Andino. Both were stranded .
Once again, the Yanks added more to their lead in the sixth inning. Cano reached on a fielder’s choice and Martin singled. Posada drove in Cano with a double to right field.
Another two run homer off the bat of Eduardo Nunez put the Yankees up by 13 in the ninth inning.
Baltimore finally got on the board in the ninth inning as Adam Jones and Felix Pie both singled to start off the inning. Mark Reynolds got the RBI with a ground rule double. Jake Fox hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in the second run. They got the bases loaded after Snyder was hit by a pitch and Andino got on due to an error by the third baseman. However, Hardy lined out and Markakis flied out to strand the three runners.
Bergesen managed only 3.1 innings in his outing that followed a complete game shutout. He was unable to find the strike and missed badly. He gave up eight runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. However, as poorly as things went in the first and fourth inning for him, Bergesen did retire eight in a row until the walk to Swisher in the top of the fourth. All the hits off him were for extra bases.
Chris Jakubauskas, who was activated today, came out of the pen in long relief, inheriting a runner in scoring position. He allowed three runs in 3.1 innings of work. Troy Patton, also activated today, came on to complete the seventh inning and stay on in the eighth as well. He gave up two runs on two hits in his 2.1 innings of work.
Sabathia was able to come through for the bullpen after the long outing last night, going 8.0 scoreless innings. With great command, he was able to keep the Orioles offense from having productive at-bats. Amauri Sanit came on in the ninth to finish the game, giving up three hits and two runs.
The Oriole bats were quiet again tonight, getting 10 hits, but being unable to string anything together. They left 10 runners on base and were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Robert Andino, Adam Jones, and Vladimir Guerrero both had two-hits on the night. As a team, they struck out nine times and did not draw any walks.
The Battle of the Beltway returns to Baltimore tomorrow as the National come to town, sending Jason Marquis (5-1) to the mound. Jake Arrieta (5-1) will make the start after the long game that caused Baltimore to go deeper in the pen than wanted.