The O’s lost game one of this series handily, game two in – not quite heart-breaking – but hard to take fashion, and have to deal with CC Sabathia in game three.
- Things did not get off to a particularly auspicious start for Jake Arrieta, as he gave up a two-run homer to the second batter of the game. He settled down after that though, and looked mighty impressive once again. The fastball was 92-95 and he did a pretty nice job spotting it. If we’re counting four-seamers and two-seamers together, Arrieta actually threw 6 fastballs by Yankee batters. He threw the curve and slider over for strikes, and get 3 and 2 whiffs on those pitches, respectively. New York got the ball in the air a fair bit against Arrieta, but overall it was a quality outing. Final line: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. (The fourth run allowed was a runner who the pen let score.)
- Kevin Gregg (!) pitched a perfect (!!) 9th inning, including getting a called strike three by throwing a 3-2 change-up right on the outside corner. He should have gotten the win, because the Orioles should have scored in the bottom of the ninth.
- JJ Hardy picked up a couple of hits – and they weren’t even home runs! – and worked a walk in the bottom of the 9th.
- Mark Reynolds doubled and walked twice at the plate (and K’ed). Also, didn’t make an error in the field (though maybe because his limited range kept him from reaching a ball he would have ended up booting.)
- The Orioles did not score in the bottom of the 9th though, as Robert Andino struck out waving at three pitches out of the zone and then – with the base loaded and two outs – Adam Jones K’ed swinging as well. The third-baseman was playing way back, and any decent bunt probably brings Nolan Reimold at third in to score the winning run (it wouldn’t have been the first time Jones walked things off with a bunt either). Anyway… the O’s don’t score and then the real Kevin Gregg comes out. Three hits, including a two-run homer.
- Wilson Betemit against tough lefties might not be the best match-up; 0-3 with 3 K’s against Sabathia, and then a groundout versus a righty.
Things looked bleak early, but the O’s did a nice job making Sabathia work (even though Reynolds is the only one who drew a walk against him) and clawed their way back. Like yesterday though, a battle of the bullpens in extra innings favored the Yankees. So the sweep is complete (the O’s struck out 38 times in the series). After the off day, the Birds go up to Tornto with a 3-3 record.