The Yankees lost to Baltimore 2-1 on Sunday when Mariano Rivera gave up a two-run home run with one out and the ninth. The loss snapped a six game winning streak as the Yankees swept a four game series against the Twins and then took the first two games from the Orioles in this series.
WEDNESDAY (3-2 win vs the Twins)
Wednesday was much closer as the Yankees beat the Twins 3-2 behind a strong performance by CC Sabathia and timely hitting by Robinson Cano and Lyle Overbay who picked up a two-RBI double and a sac fly respectively.
THE 4th OF JULY (9-5 win vs the Twins)
The Yankees busted out the old fireworks, emphasis on the old, on the Fourth of July as some of their worst hitters had huge days and they scored three runs in the first, two in the third, and four in the sixth on their way to a 9-5 victory to finish off the sweep of the Twins.
Ichiro Suzuki was the star going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, two RBI’s and two runs scored. Guy who are usually terrible, Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells, and Luis Cruz, all combined to go 7-for-12 including four doubles. Zoilo Almonte went 2-for-5.
The Yankees needed those runs as David Phelps continued to struggle. His line: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. His control is impressive, but the Twins are not a powerful offense. David Robertson and Shawn Kelley shutdown the eighth and ninth innings.
FRIDAY (3-2 win vs the Orioles)
Ivan Nova held the Orioles to just two runs over nine innings, but it took until the bottom of the ninth inning for the Yankees to come through for him. Against Jim Johnson, Travis Hafner tied the game with bases loaded walk and then Vernon Wells won it with a single to left.
Otherwise that would have ruined a great game by Nova. He was dominant and really just made one mistake to Matt Wieters in the second inning. His line: 9 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 1 HR.
SATURDAY (5-4 win vs the Orioles)
Andy Pettitte wasn’t great, but was good enough as the offense gave him an honest five runs as the Yankees took the second game of the weekend series.
The most damage the Orioles did was in the first when Chris Davis, who is having a monster year, hit a two-run shot that made it 2-0 at the time. The Yankees answered back with two in the second, two more in the fifth, and then the go-ahead run, an Eduardo Nunez RBI-single.
This was a win the bullpen, Kelley, D-Rob, and Mo, had to lockdown again (2.1 scoreless innings).
SUNDAY (2-1 loss to the Orioles)
The bullpen was kind of the theme all week until Sunday when Mariano Rivera surrendered a two-run home run in the ninth inning as the Yankees lost 2-1.
That wasted a brilliant performance from Hiroki Kuroda and another dominant eighth by D-Rob. Kuroda’s line: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. He had his start pushed back on Friday, but showed no signs of any sort of problem. His ERA is down to 2.77 on the year.
The Yankees only run came on an Eduardo Nunez sac fly in the second. They were held to just six hits with Chris Stewart picking up two of them.
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