Written by Chris Slade
Today's afternoon affair got started at 4:05 ET with Chris Tillman (7-4, 4.11 ERA) and Yankees rookie Shane Greene (1-0, 2.84 ERA) on the mound. The Yankees scored the first run of the game on an RBI double by Mark Teixeira. The Orioles were shut out on offense in this one while the Yankees added two more runs in the 7th to give them a 3-0 win.
Chris Tillman made the start today. His previous outing against the Yankees came in June when he outdueled Masahiro Tanaka in New York. Today, Tillman wasn't quite as sharp as he was in that outing, living dangerously with his fastball command up in the zone. However, he held the Yankees to just one run through the first five innings, escaping from a couple jams unscathed. For example, with runners on the corners and two outs in the 5th, Tillman put Ichiro away on a fastball. Tillman worked into the 7th but wasn't able to escape from damage this time. Derek Jeter hit an RBI single followed by an RBI double from Jacoby Ellsbury that chased Tillman with two outs. He would take his 5th loss of the year.
Final Line: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, Loss
T.J. McFarland recorded the final out of the 7th but not before he allowed two hits and an inherited runner to score.
Ryan Webb worked the final two innings and retired all six batters he faced.
The Orioles hitters had no answer for Yankees starter Shane Greene through the first five innings. While not a top prospect in their organization, many Yankees prospect followers considered him a sleeper to watch coming into the season after a breakout performance at AA in 2013. He showed impressive command of a 92-95 MPH fastball with life and a mid 80-s slider with good tilt.
After the O's squandered a potential rally opportunity in the 6th, Greene continued to dominate in the 7th and got one out in the 8th before he was lifted for a reliever.
The Orioles finished with just five hits on the day. Nick Markakis had two of them.
Key Moments In The Game
The Orioles looked like they might get a rally going in the 6th when Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce singled to lead off the inning. But, Adam Jones grounded into a double play and Nelson Cruz struck out to end the inning.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
The Orioles came up with a key play at the plate in the 3rd inning that saved a run. Derek Jeter attempted to score a second run on Mark Teixeira's RBI double but was caught at the plate on a nice relay throw from Ryan Flaherty and assist from Nick Markakis.
Markakis also made an outstanding sliding catch in the 7th to take away a hit from Francisco Cervelli.
Other Notes / Musings
The Orioles entered today as one of just five teams in the majors with a record of 10 games over .500 or better. Good vibes in Birdland right now. Let's keep it going with a series win tomorrow.
The Orioles play on Sunday night to wrap up this series before the all-star break. Kevin Gausman and Chase Whitley are the scheduled starters.
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