Winning streaks come and go throughout the season. It’s just how it works. The Yankees have won all season long when they’ve gotten good starting pitching. Phil Hughes just wasn’t good yesterday and the Yankees were put in a hole they couldn’t dig out of as the Orioles won 5-3.
The scoring for the Orioles got started right away as Nate McLouth doubled to lead off the game. Manny Machado bunted him over to third, and two batters later, scored on a fielder’s choice. Ryan Flaherty made it 2-0 in the second when he homered. The Yankees tied the game in the third, when Travis Hafner led off the inning with a homer. Francisco Cervelli reached on a J.J. Hardy error and scored on Lyle Overbay‘s single.
The Orioles came back right away in the third, when Nick Markakis homered. Adam Jones singled and then Matt Wieters doubled. Hardy’s groundout brought home Jones to make it 4-2. Nolan Reimold then led off the fourth with a homer of his own. Vernon Wells homered in the sixth to conclude the scoring.
YGY MVP: Wells
Notes: Robinson Cano played shortstop for the first time when Jayson Nix was pinch hit for late in the game. Cervelli played second and Chris Stewart came in and caught. If anything happens to Nix with Eduardo Nunez injured, look for that to be the infield. Alex Rodriguez visited the clubhouse for the first time since opening day and Joe Girardi said A-Rod is doing a little bit more each day.