Orioles 7, Yankees 12

W – Phil Hughes (8-1)     L – Kevin Millwood (0-7)

Well the hitting wasn’t the problem for once. Of course when we break out for seven runs on 15 hits our pitchers give up 12. Kevin Millwood has come back to earth after getting off to such a hot start. But again he was able to stay out there into the 6th inning even when he didn’t have his best stuff. He pitched 5.2 innings to be exact, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits and 5 walks with 6 strikeouts. Frank Mata helped him escape from a jam in the 6th, coming in with the bases loaded with two outs and getting the final out. The dynamic duo of Mark Hendrickson and Matt Albers combined to let six runs come in to score in the 7th inning. Hendrickson started it out. He struck out Jorge Posada between three singles and a walk. Albers came in and got the first batter he faced but Nick Swisher hit a bases clearing double into the gap and Mark Texeira followed it up with a two run homer. Alberto Castillo pitched two scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th, walking two batters and striking out two batters. With Jake Arrieta coming up to pitch on Thursday I’d say that was Castillo’s last outing as an Oriole, at least for a while.

The offense got it started in the 4th inning when we were already trailing 6-0. Nick Markakis and Ty Wiggington opened the inning with back to back singles. Markakis scored on a Matt Wieters single and Wiggington scored on a Lou Montanez single. We got another run in the 5th on a Wiggington RBI single to score Julio Lugo who had singled himself and advanced to second on a fielders choice. By the time the Orioles scored again it was the 8th inning and it was already a 12-3 ballgame. Adam Jones hit a two run homer, his 7th of the season, after Luke Scott walked. In the 9th Markakis doubled in Lugo (who walked) and Miguel Tejada (after one of his three singles in the game) to get us to our final score. Wieters came back to life a little bit after a couple of days off on Sunday and Monday with three sharp singles. If the offense can hit like this we’re going to win some ballgames over the remainder of the schedule because our starting pitching is pretty solid and our bullpen will only improve as it gets healthy with the additions of David Hernandez and Brad Bergesen. Bergesen has still yet to pitch out of relief but I’m sure he’ll do a good job for however long hes in the position.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-5, R, 2 RBI, double (15) (.290 AVG)

Chris Tillman (0-1, 7.71) tries to make up for his horrendous outing last time out tonight against CC Sabathia (5-3, 4.14) and that tough Yankees lineup. Good luck.

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