Wrap-up: Yankees 4, Orioles 1

(Mike Ricigliano / Special…)
May 05, 2010|By Steve Gouid, The Baltimore Sun

How it happened: The Orioles struck first, scoring in the top of the third inning when A.J. Burnett made an errant throw to first base after fielding Cesar Izturis' bunt, allowing Garrett Atkins to cross home.

It was what happened in that inning after the run scored that tells the true story of the game, however. With men on second and third and no outs, the top of the Orioles' order came to the plate -- Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters. All three struck out swinging against Burnett, none of them seeing more than six pitches.

The Yankees would go on to add two runs in the fifth inning, one of them coming on a throwing error by Orioles starting pitcher Brian Matusz that resembled Burnett's miscue two innings earlier. With men on first and second and no outs, Matusz fielded a bunt by Ramiro Pena -- and threw wide right to first base. Brett Gardner scored, and New York had men on second and third with no outs. Matusz retired Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher but walked Mark Teixeira to load the bases and then issued a free pass to Alex Rodriguez on the ninth pitch of the at-bat. The walk scored a run and gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead.

It would be more than enough on a night the Orioles went 0-for-8 with men in scoring position.

He said it: "If you're the Yankees, you're going to say that Burnett made quality pitches. If you're on our side, you're going to say you have probably the three best hitters up in that situation [and] all three of the [strikeouts] were on pitches out of the strike zone. We had [Burnett] right where we wanted him and didn't get it done." -- Dave Trembley, Orioles manager.

You said it: "Hysterically bad or historically bad? The Os 7-20 start projects out to be a 42 -120 season, eclipsing the previous worst AL season record of 119 losses. hey, the season is exactly one-sixth over as of tonight." -- The Big E, commenting on Orioles Insider

steve.gould@baltsun.com

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