Saturday, March 28, 2015

Recap: Orioles 10, Yankees 2

Scott Baker surrendered five earned runs in just two innings and Alex Rodriguez hit his third home run of the spring Saturday as the Orioles trounced the Yankees, 10-2, in a never-close matinee at Steinbrenner Field.

Baker's Rough Performance: Baker sat down the Orioles 1-2-3 in the top of the first, striking out two on a couple of nice changeups. In the second, though, Baker allowed a five spot on five hits -- the biggest of which being a three-run homer by Alejandro De Aza. 

A-Rod's Deep Drive: Saturday -- for the most part -- will go down as a forgettable day for the Yankees' offense, but the Pinstripes can at least be happy that Rodriguez is continuing to hit. Indeed, Rodriguez lifted a solo shot way over the left field wall in the bottom of the seventh -- a no-doubter off Brian Matusz that got out in a hurry.

Drew Ruins the Shutout: With the Yankees down 6-0 and still yet to reach second base in the fifth, Stephen Drew put them on the board with a solo blast off Jason Garcia -- a hard line-drive to right that just snuck into the first row. It was Drew's only hit in two at-bats on the afternoon, but did liven up the crowd when it happened. 

Betances Struggles Again: Dellin Betances walked one and gave up a hit when working the Orioles' half of the sixth -- letting one run cross home on a routine sac fly by De Aza. It was Betances' fifth consecutive outing in which his opponent has scored, and his ERA on the preseason is now a hefty 7.11.

Other Bullpen Numbers: Andrew Bailey tossed a scoreless third inning -- inducing a pair of soft flyouts and a foulout after Manny Machado cracked a double. As for Justin Wilson, his luck wasn't nearly as good -- with the Orioles plating two off him in the eighth on a clutch knock by Jonathan Schoop. 

Next Up: Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound for the Yankees Sunday when they pay a visit to the Astros in Kissimmee -- Eovaldi's first start for New York since March 15. He will be opposed by Houston's Scott Feldman when the action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET -- airing exclusively on The Astros Radio Network.

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