The Yankees lost their final game before the All-Star break 3-1 to the Baltimore Orioles. The game was called in the fifth inning after a 2 hour and 22 minute rain delay at Camden Yards. They now have a 47-47 record and are five games behind the first place Orioles.
The game was official because the home team, the Orioles, were winning after the top of the fifth inning. Joe Girardi doesn’t like this rule. “My preference would be that you come back and finish it,” Girardi said. “We’re coming back (to Baltimore), why don’t we finish it?”
Girardi is satisfied that the team is still in it at the All-Star break even though the offense has underperformed and there have been so many injures. “With everything that we had go wrong, we’re still in it,” Girardi said. “That’s the big thing. We’ve got to take advantage of that when we get back to work on Friday.”
Chase Whitley, who was named the starter of Sunday’s game a few days after it was announced that Masahiro Tanaka would miss at lest six weeks as a result of a partially torn UCL, pitched 3.2 innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits. He allowed his three runs in the fourth inning.
Chris Davis hit a two-run homer to left and and then Whitley was taken out of the game after Jonathan Schoop hit single that drove in J.J. Hardy. Whitley has now allowed three runs or more in his last four starts, and General Manager Brian Cashman will likely be looking to trade for a pitcher to replace Whitley in the next week. He pitched with surprising effectiveness in his five starts, where he allowed two runs or less in four of them, but he has not gotten the results recently because he has just recently converted from the bullpen to the rotation.
The Yankees scored their only run of the game in the first inning off of a solo homer by Brett Gardner. It was Gardner’s ninth homer of the season, which is one more than he hit all of last season. The Yankees only had four hits in five innings, and besides Gardner’s homer, all of their hits were singles.
The Yankees need Hiroki Kuroda, Shane Greene and David Phelps to continue to pitch well after the break, and for Brandon McCarthy to continue to allow a lot of ground balls like the did in his first start with the Yankees. Offensively, Carlos Beltran needs to come back from his concussion DL stint hitting well, and Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira and Jacoby Ellsbury need to be consistent and hit with power for the Yankees to make up ground in the division.
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