Friday night was so nice….dominating pitching performance…good defensive play…solid hitting…
Gene Sweeney Jr/Baltimore Sun
None of that happened on Saturday night…
At first, it appeared that the rain might be a problem. It had been fairly nice all day in Baltimore with partly cloudy to most cloudy conditions but no rain. I arrived at Oriole Park early, and found the way to my seat.
Then, the rain drops started fall. They covered the field, and I wondered if it would be a repeat of my experience last weekend when I went to Yankee Stadium for the game that was rained out.
Fortunately, the rain never really materialized in a significant way, so they took the tarp off the field. The rain did reappear briefly while they were pulling the tarp but it only caused a momentary delay. The rain quickly stopped, and didn’t return the remainder of the night. They rolled up the tarp, and the game began at its scheduled 7:05 pm.
Perhaps a rainout would have been better…
The Yankees looked decent through one inning, and then it all collapsed in the second. They looked like Keystone Cops as the Orioles sent 13 men to the plate, and scored 8 runs.
Hughes is now the latest member of the Yogi Berra Club (that is, pitchers with ERA’s of 8 or more). Unfortunately, there are too many members of the club at this point of the season. The list includes Hughes, 8.49; Brett Tomko, 9.00 (who also gained entry last night in his first appearance as a Yankee); Damaso Marte, 15.19; Chien-Ming Wang, 34.50; and Anthony Cleggett, 43.20. Jose Veras, 7.20, has petitioned for membership and we have no doubt that he’ll be accepted…
What was supposed to a strength has quickly turned to a major disappointment and is why the Yankees have started 14-16 for the third year in a row.
Peter Abraham of the LoHud Yankees Blog raised the issue that the Yankees are just not a good Saturday team. After winning on April 11th against the Kansas City Royals, 6-1, the Yanks have been hammered on every subsequent Saturday.
4/18 – Cleveland Indians 22, Yankees 4
4/25 – Boston Red Sox 16, Yankees 11
5/02 – Los Angeles Angels 8, Yankees 4
5/09 – Baltimore Orioles 12, Yankees 5
The Yankees did hit three home runs last night, but by then, the damage had been done. There never really was a sense that the Yanks were going to climb back into the game.
Hopefully, the team will play more to their strengths and abilities today in the final game of the three-game set against the O’s.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have been passed in the AL East Standings by the defending AL champs, the Tampa Bay Rays. They are now in 4th place, 5.5 games behind the leading Toronto Blue Jays. They are just 1.5 games up on the O’s. Regardless of what happens today, they won’t leave Baltimore in last place but they’re perilously close.
Hey Girardi, time to start working on the resume…
SCENES FROM THE GAME
The last thing I want to remember is anything that happened last night, but I was impressed with Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It felt like a home game given the large number of Yankees fans in attendance. There were enough fans that they were able to create loud Yankee chants early in the game before the disaster of the 2nd inning. A nearby O’s fan said it is the same way when the Red Sox come to town.
The ballpark itself is very impressive. I have had mixed feelings about the newer stadiums (some I’ve liked, some not so much). Granted, Oriole Park was one of the first new “Retro” stadiums, but it has a terrific “feel” to it that has not been replicated by other stadiums. It’s simply a great place to watch baseball…unless your team tanks it and gives up 8 runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Surprisingly, this man didn’t raise the greatest chorus of boo’s…
The O’s fans saved their “appreciation” for Maryland native Mark Teixeira…
Hopefully, my next visit to Oriole Park will prove to be more enjoyable…
Joba Chamberlain has been listed as questionable for today’s game, thanks to a burst blood vessel in his thumb.
The Yankees held Alfredo Aceves in reserve for the possible start today, which is why we saw Edwar Ramirez relieve Phil Hughes last night during THAT inning instead of long reliever Aceves. Hopefully, Joba will be a ‘go’ at game time, but the Yankees are historically very conservative when it comes to injuries. From all reports, it does sound as though Joba will be on the mound as scheduled.
I saw that the Yankees had three scouts watching Yu Darvish pitch in Japan. He won’t be a free agent until 2014, but he’s only 22 years old. If you saw him pitch during the WBC, you know that he is a legitimate major league prospect. I am glad to see that the Yankees are tracking his progress.
Tuesday, pitcher Ian Kennedy will undergo surgery for an aneurysm in an artery near his right shoulder. The doctor who performed the surgery on David Cone’s aneurysm in 1996 will perform the same surgery on Kennedy. I have not been a big fan of Kennedy’s, but he was pitching well for Scranton/Wilkes Barre this year and I do wish him a full and speedy recovery.
Brett Tomko, as mentioned previously, is back in the major leagues. When he entered the game last night, the O’s radio announcers were saying how he had a sub 1.00 ERA in 10 Triple A relief appearances (0.64).
He promptly gave up a home run to the impressive Adam Jones…
Courtesy Militant Angeleno Blog
Yep, he is still Brett Tomko…
To Everyone, I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!