Miguel Gonzalez was superb through the first three innings of last night's game, but once the scoreboard turned over to the fourth and the offense provided him with a lead, he proceeded to implode for seven runs over the next one plus innings. The Baltimore Orioles fell to the resurgent New York Yankees 8-5 Friday night.
Gonzalez (8-7) had a tall task at hand in facing CC Sabathia (12-11) of the Yankees, but over the first three innings, both Gonzalez and Sabathia were masterful as neither had allowed a hit and both had faced the minimum. Sabathia blinked first by giving up a run in the top of the fourth inning courtesy of a RBI single by Chris Davis to score Manny Machado, but Gonzalez immediately surrendered the lead. In the bottom of the fourth, after retiring the first two batters of the inning, he walked Robinson Cano on four pitches and then surrendered a two out two run homer to Alfonso Soriano to see a one run lead turn into a one run deficit.
Even still, there is no shame in surrendering a home run to a guy who has hit 11 homers in the month of August, but in the bottom of the fifth, after his team scored three runs in the top of the inning to give him a 4-2 lead, Gonzo again gave up the lead and this time it was ugly. Gonzalez would not record an out in the fifth as he allowed a double, double, home run, double, single and a walk before being replaced by T.J. McFarland. By the time the inning was over, Gonzalez had been charged with five runs in the inning and seven total in the game. He lasted four plus innings, while allowing seven runs on six hits, three walks and zero strikeouts.
Baltimore's bullpen allowed just one run in four innings pitched, but the offense just could not complete a comeback.
If you asked the Orioles offense before the game if they would take five runs off of Sabathia, they would have told you absolutely and we would win, but unfortunately that was not the case. The offense performed extremely well against CC plating five runs and getting seven hits against the tough lefty, but managed just two hits against the Yankees bullpen over the final 3 1/3 innings.
On the same day that Baltimore completed a deal to acquire Mike Morse from the Seattle Mariners for their right handed DH, Danny Valencia made one final push to prove he could be the answer as he went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI in the game. Machado went 2-4 with a double and RBI, while Nick Markakis went 3-4 with an RBI to help lead the Baltimore offense.
The Orioles are now in a situation where they almost have to win the final two games of this series and will send Scott Feldman (4-3) to the mound for the start tonight against Ivan Nova (7-4). Baltimore is not dead in the water by any stretch, but the amount of games they can conceivably lose the rest of the way and still get into the playoffs is dwindling.
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