The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles by the score of 3-1 on Friday night. The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. CC Sabathia started for the Yankees and was brilliant, they didn’t use their bullpen at all. The Yankees offense was led by Curtis Granderson. Jason Hammell started for the Orioles and pitched pretty well and their bullpen was pretty good also. The Orioles offense was led by Lew Ford who had their only RBI.
Sabathia pitched a complete game giving up four hits and a run. Sabathia walked two and struck out nine and picked up his second victory of this series. Hammell took the loss his first of the series pitching 5 2/3 innings giving up four hits and two runs with two walks and six strikeouts. Troy Patton pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and a run with three strikeouts, Pedro Strop pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up a walk and Brian Matusz pitched 2/3 of an inning retiring both batters they faced.
Derek Jeter drew a walk, Suzuki had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk and Mark Teixeira had a hit and drew a walk. Raul Ibanez had a hit and an RBI, Granderson had two hits and an RBI. Suzuki hit a double, Granderson hit a homerun and the Yankees were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base. Teixeira and Granderson each had a stolen base.
Nate McClouth had a hit, Matt Wieters had a hit and drew a walk and Manny Machado drew a walk. Ford had a hit and an RBI and Robert Andino had a hit. The Orioles were 2-6 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. McClouth had a stolen base.
In the fifth inning Ibanez hit an RBI single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Suzuki hit an RBI double in the sixth to make it 2-0. Granderson hit a solo homerun in the seventh and it was 3-0 Yankees. Ford hit an RBI single in the eighth to make it 3-1 and then escaped further trouble. The final score of the game was 3-1.
The Yankees won the series three games to two and will head to the ALCS to take on the Detroit Tigers who won in five games on Thursday night. It was a series of pitching and the Yankees starting pitching dominated, they barely even used their bullpen. Sabathia pitched two games and pitched 8 2/3 innings and nine innings. The Yankees will play Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday night and will have Andy Pettitte on the mound against the Tigers Doug Fister.
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