After 48 hours off thanks to Mother Nature, the Yankees finally got to play ball. With a little bit of luck, the Yankees continued their winning ways against the Orioles last night 5-2. It wasn’t all good though. Eduardo Nunez is day-to-day after being hit by a pitch in the second inning in the wrist.
The Orioles got the scoring going in the third when Alexi Casilla doubled and Manny Machado singled him home two batters later. The Yankees top of the lineup responded in the bottom of the third. Brett Gardner walked and Robinson Cano singled. Kevin Youkilis brought home Gardner with a single and got thrown out trying to stretch it for two.
The Yanks took the lead in the fifth, when Francisco Cervelli walked. Gardner bunted him over to second and Cano drove him in with a single. The O’s tied the game in the seventh when Matt Wieters reached on Youkilis’ error and went to second on balk by CC Sabathia. Two batters later, JJ Hardy drove him in with a single.
Then luck took over in the seventh. Cervelli walked to lead off the inning. Gardner bunted him over. Youkilis was intentionally walked and Travis Hafner was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Vernon Wells hit a fly ball to deep center that Adam Jones dropped (two hands kids) that let everyone score.
Casilla and Nick Markakis singled in the top half of the eighth. Then the Yankees turned their second triple play since the 1960’s.
Notes: Remember Alex Rodriguez? Well he’s back in the news again. The NY Times reported that Rodriguez had his people buy the Biogenesis documents to either destroy them, or leak them. It makes him certainly look guilty for taking PED’s but we’ll see how it turns out. Andy Pettitte will have his next start pushed back to during the week due to back spasms. Mark Teixeira wasn’t cleared to swing a bat yet, however, he is healing well.