CC Sabathia had a rough start and the Yankees offense was beaten by Joe Saunders, but the Yankees appeared to tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the ninth except first base umpire Jerry Meals saw it differently and they lost to the Orioles 5-4.
The Yankees are now tied for first place in the American League East with the Orioles. The Rays lost so at least they remain two-games back.
It was a terrible call even by the naked eye and to add insult to injury, Mark Teixeira had a setback on the play. After the game he told reporters that he doesn’t expect to play tomorrow and doesn’t know if he’ll miss multiple games.
Speaking of injured players, Sabathia had a bad start tonight. He’s actually been solid since his return from the DL, but there is something a bit off about him. His velocity is down a bit and even though up until tonight, he’s been able to fight through games, it made the difference tonight as the Orioles launched three homers off him.
It’s obvious that CC’s elbow isn’t 100 percent. Hopefully it’s not something serious that he is trying to play through. He told reporters after the game that his elbow has nothing to do with it though. We’ll see.
They struggled offensively with runners in scoring position, but realistically they did score five runs tonight and tied the game. We’ll never know what would have happened. Alex Rodriguez continued his hot hitting of late, but Nick Swisher has now gone 0-for-his-last-23.