This felt like another one of those games. You know, the kind where the Yankees could not get anything going and the opposition’s luck was just better.
David Phelps walked the world or so it seemed and the Orioles once again were given an early lead. Phelps allowed a 1/3 of the batters he faced to get on base. He walked six in 4.2 innings of work and was bailed out by a few timely double plays. His control was not there and he was lucky to have only given up three runs. He also left the game at 98 pitches.
With the Orioles leading 3-0 in the fourth inning, Robinson Cano belted a solo-shot to left to put the Yankees on the board.
Thanks to the bullpen, the Orioles remained stuck at three when the Yankees came up to bat in the seventh inning. When it was all over, the Yankees had a 4-3 lead.
Here’s how it happened (With thanks to Yahoo! Sports):
Andruw Jones started things off with a pop up – there were a lot of those today. Steve Pearce followed that up with his first hit as a Yankee this season, a single to shallow centerfield. Russell Martin flied out and it looked like things were not going to go the Yankees way once again.
We were all wrong.
With two outs, Jayson Nix stepped in and had one of the biggest at bats of the day as he worked a walk, Pearce advanced to second. Next up, Eduardo Nunez who singled to shallow center, scoring Pearce and advancing, Nix to third.
Next, it was Nick Swisher‘s turn to come up with the bases loaded and two outs and thanks to an error by JJ Hardy everyone was safe, Nunez scored and the Yankees took a lead they wouldn’t give up.
Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect ninth inning and picked up his 35th save of the season. Thanks to this, dare I say, gritty win by the Yankees, their division lead is back up to three games.
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