After yesterday’s disappointments, the Yankees came into today’s matinee in need of something… well, less disappointing. Once ordered, so given in front of the sell-out crowd in Baltimore today. Though on what can only be described as a very soggy day at Camden Yards, the game was delayed 35 minutes to start due to rain in the area, and it actually continued to rain through much of the game.
Shane Greene started today’s game and seemed to return to the Shane Greene form we’ve been used to this year. Over his 5.1 innings, he threw 112 pitches, allowed 7 hits and 2 runs, and struck out 9 Orioles’ batters. None of those stats surprise me or lessen the strength of Greene’s outing because they were against the Orioles, a team that very much likes to hit and hit big. Those runs were an RBI single in the 3rd inning and a solo home run in the 6th.
In the meantime, the Yankees found an inning to make an impact. In the 2nd inning, Brian McCann started the offensive roll with a solo home run. Then Teixeira walked, Chris Young doubled, and Antoan Richardson’s single scored Teixeira (Richardson’s 1st career RBI). Now, with hot-streak Young sitting on 3rd and 2 outs on the board, Young stole home. Yes, that’s right, he stole home. Well, actually, the catcher made the mistake of going for the distraction — trying to throw out Richardson going to 2nd, while Young casually strolled his way across the plate. This gave the Yankees enough runs early on to defend with their bullpen, something they did with the same tenacity we expect from the Yankees.
And defend they did — Rogers finished the 6th inning for Greene and the first out of the 7th, then Outman finished that inning; Kelley’s 8th kept the ball rolling (so to speak); and Robertson earned his 36th save of the season in the 9th in 11 pitches.
So it wound up being a 3-2 Yankees win. And I’m always happy for a win.