Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Yanks get blown out by Birds, losing streak at four

The Yankees struggles continued Tuesday night against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

It was a fast start for the Bronx Bombers, who put up a five run first inning on Oriole pitcher Chris Tillman. Unfortunately the lead was short lived for the Yankees when starting pitcher Ivan Nova surrendered seven runs in the second inning, and the Orioles never looked back taking the game 11-5.

After Ivan Nova set down the Orioles one, two, three, in the first, the Yankee offense went to work. Derek Jeter led off with a double to right center, followed by an RBI single from Curtis Granderson to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. On the next pitch, Robinson Cano smacked his 23rd home run of the season to right center field, and snapped an 0 for 14 slide.
With two-out in the bottom of the first and the Yankees leading 4-0, Russell Martin pulled a base hit through the left side that brought home Eric Chavez, and capped a five run first inning.

The top of the second started with back-to-back singles by Adam Jones and Matt Wieters, followed by back-to-back strikeouts for Nova. With two outs and two on, Mark Reynolds hit a two-run ground rule double to left that scored Adam Jones and put the O's on the board. Omar Quintanilla followed with a two run single and cut the Yankee lead to 5-3.

After a Nick Markakis single, and a walk by J.J Hardy, Chris Davis delivered with a grand slam over the left center field wall that gave the Orioles a 7-5 lead. It was Davis' 18th home run of the season, and the Orioles scored all seven of their runs in the inning, with two outs.

The Yankee offense was silenced after the first inning by Tillman and the Oriole bullpen, and did not score again after their five run first inning.

The Orioles added four more runs, and took their second game in a row from the Yankees 11-5.

Chris Tillman went five innings giving up eight hits, five runs (four earned), and striking out three Yankees for his fourth win of the season.  Tillman settled down after a less than perfect first inning, and held the Yankees scoreless over the next four frames.

Nova dropped to 10-5 on the season after going five innings, allowing 10 hits and nine earned runs, while fanning five.

The Yankees have now dropped nine of their last 12 games, and four in a row to division rivals.

The Yankees and Orioles will go at it again today at 1p.m as Phil Hughes (10-8, 4.08) will face Zach Britton (1-0, 5.74).

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