Errors Abound In 4-2 Loss

W – CC Sabathia (6-3)     L – Chris Tillman (0-2)     SV – Mariano Rivera (14)

Chris Tillman did a great job of bouncing back from his last start when he only lasted 1.1 innings and gave up four runs to the Boston Red Sox. He came out with a much better game plan against another great hitting team in the New York Yankees. If it wasn’t for some unfortunate errors his line would look much better. In the 4th inning Robinson Cano led off with a single but moved to second on a wild pick off attempt by Tillman. The next batter grounded out to second base which most likely would’ve resulted in a double play without the pick off attempt. Instead it advanced the runner to third and he scored on a sacrifice fly. The 6th inning was a mess. The inning started with a groundball to Julio Lugo at second base but he couldn’t handle it, it hit off his glove and the runner was safe. Somehow this was ruled a base hit. A-Rod was next and he lined a single into left field on a ball that I think Corey Patterson or Felix Pie would’ve caught. Cano was next and he grounded a single into right on a ball just over Ty Wiggington’s head at first base. A-Rod moved to third with no outs. The next batter hit a ball right at Wiggington who tried to start a double play only to have Cesar Izturis’ return throw to first sail over his head and move the runner to second. After an intentional walk to Curtis Granderson I was glad to see Juan Samuel leave Tillman in the ballgame. His stuff was good and he still had good quality on his pitches he was just getting some bad luck. He got the next two batter on lazy fly balls to end the inning. Jason Berken pitched a scoreless 7th inning and got the first batter of the 8th but walked Jorge Posada and Will Ohman was brought in. Ohman struck out Granderson but allowed a stolen base and a single to allow Berken’s runner to score. Frank Mata was called upon and got the last out but only after hitting a batter. Mata also pitched a scoreless 9th.

The Orioles got off to a 2-0 lead with a run each in the 2nd and 3rd innings. In the 2nd Adam Jones walked (shocking, I know), stole second base, and came in to score on Garrett Atkins’ single (another shocker). In the 3rd it was back to back to back singles by Ty Wiggington, Luke Scott, and Jones. We had a chance to score another run in the 7th inning when Cesar Izturis singled and was sacrificed to second by Julio Lugo. Nick Markakis singled but Robinson Cano dove for the ball to keep it in the infield and keep Izturis from scoring. Matt Wieters doubled in the 8th with one out but was left stranded. Miguel Tejada singled, Izturis had a second single, and Markakis hit a ground rule double in the game. Lugo and Wiggington each walked.

Player of the game: Chris Tillman – 6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, K, L (0-2) (5.54 ERA)

Tonight marks the debut of top prospect Jake Arrieta (0-0, -.–), the final piece of the “big three” from last year to make the majors (Matusz and Tillman are the other two), and hes got a tough task against the Yankees and AJ Burnett (6-3, 3.72).

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