Three-run error leads to 5-2 Yankees win over Orioles

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A seventh inning three-run error by Orioles center fielder Adam Jones opened the doors for a 5-2 Yankees victory with CC Sabathia on the mound at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees and O’s were tied going into the bottom of the seventh inning when the Yankees got a two-out rally going when Kevin Youkilis was walked intentionally before Travis Hafner was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Then Vernon Wells drilled a shot to deep center field off of Pedro Strop that Jones looked like he had a beat on, but the ball hit the heal of the glove and three runs scored to make it 5-2.

• CC Sabathia pitched a great game as he allowed a run in the third inning that gave the O’s a 1-0 lead on a weak single and then another run that tied it at 2-2 in the seventh. That tying run was courtesy of a questionable balk call that put Matt Wieters on second so he could score on a J.J. Hardy single. His final line: 8 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR. His ERA is down to 2.25.

• CC was struggling in the eighth inning with two on and nobody out as David Robertson started warming up. However, D-Rob was never needed as the Yankees got an extremely unconventional triple play, even as far as triple plays are concerned. It was scored 4-6-5-6-5-3-4.

• Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth, he gave up a hit, but otherwise pitched a clean inning for his second save of the year.

• Kevin Youkilis went 3-for-3 and has now hit in all nine games as a Yankee which sets a team record for hitting in his first nine games after signing as a free agent. Youk’s RBI-single in the third gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. He’s now hitting .424/.500/.727 on the short season.

• Robinson Cano also picked up where he left off before the rain delay as he went 2-for-4. His RBI-single in the fifth gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. After slumping in the first two series, he’s now hitting a robust .324/.375/.649.

• Lyle Overbay, who went 1-for-4, was the only other Yankee with a hit, but they picked up six walks led by Brett Gardner, who had a pair, and Francisco Cervelli, who also had a pair of walks. Gardner is still without a stolen base.

• Eduardo Nunez might be a baseball magnet because he was hit again in the third inning, this time on the right wrist, and had to leave the game. It’s being called a contusion and he’s listed as day-to-day.

• Ichiro Suzuki still has the lowest average on the team after he went 0-for-4. His batting line is down to .161/.206/.258. It’s still just 31 plate appearances, but considering he’s hitting just .275/.306/.359 since 2011, including tonight, it’s a bit concerning. Hopefully the magic he recaptured late last year hasn’t worn off.

• The Yankees are now in first place after winning four games in a row. They’re hitting, collectively, a robust .276/.355/.481.

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3 Responses to Three-run error leads to 5-2 Yankees win over Orioles

  1. Riccardo says:

    A classic Yankee victory that is worth savoring. Fine pitching on a cold night. It was great to have CC twice in four games, not likely to happen again outside the playoffs. Mariano does this job, of course. The Triple Play was one for the ages. Check out the replay, first for Cano's backhand toss to second, then Nix who immediately goes to third, and Youkilis right where he should be, then Youk's catching up to the retreating runner (and knocking him on his butt) and a perfect running throw to Overbay, who put the ball in a small window that required a brilliant catch and tag by Cano. Three infielders we didn't expect to have, and they performed perfectly.

    But also, watch the replay on Adam Jones's error to see how a play should not be made. He's a fine CF and all-around player, but watch how after catching up to the ball, he starts blowing a bubble (one of his bad habits) and allows his course to force him to put his glove in his line of sight at the last moment. This split-second loss of sight on the flight of the ball caused it to hit too low on this glove. He looks like he turned his head away, almost casually, expecting the ball to hit in the sweet spot of the glove. It didn't, and he blew the game by being too cool out there. A lesson for young players, follow the ball into your glove, don't get distracted by bubble gum, and don't relax until the third out has been signaled by the ump. Great game!

  2. Enter42 says:

    Let's not be too hard on Jones. The bubblegum thing is just a subconscious, habitual thing. It's not like he's thinking "ok, I got this one so I can blow a celebratory bubble now." It just happens. As a Yankees fan, I was thrilled with the results and happy that Wells had the good fortune of the drop. He squared it up pretty good but hit it to the land of 400ft outs. Nothing wrong with a little luck. Keep it going Bombers.

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    I gotta say Wells has been more than I expected so far.