It was a big day in New York as the Yankees had their home opener and first game with the Orioles. The Orioles were 9-10 against the Yanks last season but outscored them 77-72. Baltimore fell to the Yankees today 4-2 partially due to a couple of bad baserunning moves.
The first baserunning error was on Nelson Cruz in the second when he went to far on a long fly ball he thought was going to drop, but it ended up doubling him up. Second was a pickoff play issued to Jonathan Schoop in the fifth just after Schoop hit his first career double. Cruz however redeemed himself going 2 for 4 which included an RBI single, and Matt Wieters added the other Orioles RBI going 2 for 4 as well. The O’s know that baserunning mistakes can cost teams games and those cost games could mean something later.
Yankees longtime captain and shortstop Derek Jeter, playing his last season and last home opener this year, went 1 for 4 in the game with a double, two strikeouts and drove in a run on a double play. New Yankee Brian Roberts, who 13 seasons in Baltimore before signing with the New York in the offseason, went 0 for 3 with a walk facing his former team for the first time. Starter Hiroki Kuroda, who was 0-7 in his last nine starts dating back to last season, earned the win today pitching six and one-third innings giving up eight hits, two runs, and striking out four. Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez despite having a losing record against the Yankees in his career had pitched well when pitching in Yankee Stadium (.178 opponent average). Today he would lose a no-hitter in the third and earn the loss pitching only four and two-third innings giving up eight hits, four runs, five walks and striking out four batters.
Baltimore is now 1-3 on this current road trip in which all of the games have been day games. The O’s will try to come back and win tomorrow when Wei-Yin Chen (BAL 0-1 6.35 ERA) faces off against Ivan Nova (NYY 1-0 3.18 ERA). Time of game will be 1:05pm/ET.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)