Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Recap: Orioles 4, Yankees 3

CC Sabathia had another back-and-forth start, surrendering four earned runs in seven innings as the Orioles edged the Yankees, 4-3, Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

Sabathia Inconsistent: Sabathia allowed an Adam Jones homer in the first and three more individual runs in the third, fourth and seventh -- causing him to take the loss for the second time in two outings. He had decent control on the evening -- fanning seven while dealing 63 of 91 pitches for strikes -- but in the end, the Orioles' bats just proved too much for him to handle.

A Slow Offensive Beginning: The Yankees mustered just two hits in the first five innings against Baltimore's Miguel Gonzalez, who retired 10 consecutive hitters from innings 2-5. New York broke out for its first run in the sixth thanks to a two-out RBI Double from Mark Teixeira, but by then the momentum was already pretty one-sided.

Rally?: The Yankees did, however, show some life in the eighth versus the laboring Kevin Gausman -- crossing twice off the youngster to pull to within one. Carlos Beltran plated the first run of the frame with a groundout before an Alejandro De Aza missed catch allowed Chase Headley to cross home as well -- though the Yanks' comeback would still ultimately fall short following another grounder from Brian McCann. 

Britton Closes it Out: O's reliever Zach Britton subsequently sat down down the Yankees 1-2-3 in the ninth finish the contest, getting three straight Bombers to roll over routinely as the home team evened the series. Alex Rodriguez was the notable third out of the inning, having pinch-hit for Stephen Drew amidst a storm of spectator boos.

Next Up: The Yankees will look to salvage this three-game set Wednesday when they send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound for the 7:05 p.m. finale -- airing live on YES and MLB Network. Eovaldi will be hoping to build off a respectable Yankees debut when he goes head-to-head with the Orioles' Bud Norris -- a right-hander currently in possession of a 24.00 ERA.

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