Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The New York Yankees win a marathon 12 inning game 5-4 in Baltimore

The New York Yankees won their second straight game on Tuesday night. They defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 in 12 innings in Baltimore. Freddy Garcia started and had nothing right from the start. He was very wild which is unusual for him. It looked like he was uncomfortable with the weather and just couldn’t get a grip on the ball. Garcia had five wild pitches in the game which is more then he had in the last couple of seasons combined. It was the most wild pitches in a game since 1989. A.J. Burnett didn’t even accomplish that feat, as wild as he was with the Yankees. The Yankees bullpen was great and Raul Ibanez became the hero with the game winning RBI. 
Garcia pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up four hits and four runs with three of them being earned. He walked three and struck out three. David Phelps pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings with four strikeouts, Dave Robertson pitched a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout and Boone Logan gave up a hit to the only guy he faced. Cory Wade pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up one hit and a walk with four strikeouts, Clay Rapada got the win pitching 2/3 of an inning and striking out one and Mariano Rivera earned his first save of the season. Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. I thought Chen the Baltimore pitcher pitched really well. He pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up seven hits and four runs with two of them being earned. He walked one and struck out six. The Orioles used five other pitchers, they pitched well and Strop took the loss pitching two innings and giving up two hits and one run with two walks and two strikeouts.

Derek Jeter had two hits and an RBI, Nick Swisher had a hit and Robinson Cano had three hits. Mark Teixeira had a hit, Curtis Granderson drew two walks and Andruw Jones had an RBI. Ibanez had two hits and an RBI, Russell Martin had a hit and drew a walk and Brett Gardner had two hits and an RBI. Swisher, Cano and Ibanez each hit a double. Jeter hit a homerun, the Yankees were 2-18 with runners in scoring position and they left 12 men on base. Ibanez had a stolen base and Martin committed an error with a passed ball.

The Orioles had six hits but not one Oriole had more then one hit. Adam Jones and Robert Andino each had a double. J.J. Hardy hit a homerun, the Orioles were 0-8 with runners in scoring position and they left eight men on base. Jones had a stolen base and Reynolds was caught stealing and committed an error. Chavez had an outfield assist.

Jeter hit a leadoff homerun to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. The Orioles came right back and scored two runs in the bottom of the first. Hardy hit a solo homerun and a wild pitch scored another run. The Orioles scored another run in the fourth inning on a Nick Johnson ground out which was a fielders choice. In the bottom of the fifth Garcia threw another wild pitch for a run and it was 4-1 Orioles. The Yankees broke through in the sixth inning. Jones hit a sacrifice fly, Martin reached on a fielding error and it was 4-3 Orioles. Gardner hit an RBI single to tie the game at four. The Yankees scored their fifth and final run of the game in the 12th inning. Ibanez hit an RBI double which was the game winning hit.

The two teams will play game three of a three game series on Wednesday night. The Yankees will be looking for their third straight win and a sweep of the three game series. CC Sabathia will start for the Yankees and Jake Arrietta will start for the Orioles.

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