Written by Michael Williams
The Baltimore Orioles lost to the Yankees on their home opener. Derek Jeter took part in the festivities of his final opening day in the Bronx with a well struck double that almost went out, He also took advantage of Jon Schoop being star struck after his first major league double. He picked him off by five feet with a kind word and a love tap. The Orioles started out playing from behind, caught up at 1-to-1, then after falling behind by three during Ubaldo Jimenez final frame, botched a chance at eighth inning redemption after the first three batters got hits and the Orioles went on to score only a solo run.
The final was 4-to-2
The Orioles record is 2-and-5
Ubaldo Jimenez started off strong, walked a couple, threw some great pitches, worked out of jams and appeared to be navigating the Yankee lineup reasonably. Until he final lost command and exceeded his pitch count with only two down in the fifth inning. His spliter looked good at times and he reached 95 MPH on the radar gun while striking out Brian Roberts. He was not all that different than we should expect him, to be, except that he did walk five, and lost control of two innings that a pitcher of his tenure should have a better handle on. Those folk that were calling to re-sign Scott Feldman are looking smart at this juncture.
One of Ubaldo Jimenez earned runs occurred when Zach Britton was called on to pitch in the fifth and walked in the Yankees fourth run. Then he retired six in a row. Zach has still not allowed a run this season. Ryan Webb pitched the final inning and a third with no consequence.
Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis and Jon Schoop all doubled today.
Matt Wieters and Nelson Cruz each had two hits on the day (more on Nelson later).
Matt Wieters threw out Jacoby Elsbury with a laser that was there waiting for Jacoby to slide into at second. Impressive. Nick Markakis tried his sliding dive again today, with poor results.
Key Moments In The Game
Ubaldo lost his composure in the fifth inning. To only score once in the eighth inning after the first three reached was really the key. Four runs in the AL East is not insurmountable. The offense has to step it up.
J.J. Hardy sat out today with back spasms for the 3nd time in four games.
Nelson Cruz was doubled off first base after forgetting the number of outs or totally misjudging a fly ball. Not good form. It might have changed some context, much like Jon Schoop's rookie blunder with Jeter.
The Orioles play their fifth day game in a row tomorrow.
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