Sunday, June 22, 2014

I don't know a whole lot about Baltimore Orioles second baseman Johnathan Schoop, but he accomplished a pretty impressive feat on Sunday, hitting a homerun off of Masahiro Tanaka, becoming the first Major League hitter with more than one dinger against Tanaka, as his homerun helped the O's beat the Yankees, 8-0, in a dumpster fire game on Old Timer's Day at Yankee Stadium.

With the loss, the Yankees have dropped seven straight weekend games, while at the same time, they have won their last 10 weekday games. Weird, if you ask me.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Schoop hit his 6th homerun of the year into the left field seats off of Tanaka.

Tanaka settled in and held the Orioles to just that one run as they entered the 7th inning, where the Orioles put their first two batters one base against Tanaka, then Schoop grounded out to score a run, making it a 2-0 game. A batter later, Caleb Joseph hit a sac-fly that scored the third run off of Tanaka.

Tanaka wasn't on his best game today, but it didn't really matter but the Yankees hardly made an attempt to give him any run support. He lasted seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

The Orioles broke the game wide open in the 8th inning against Adam Warren. Steve Pearce and Adam Jones both singled to open the frame, then Nelson Cruz hit a groundball to Kelly Johnson at third base. Johnson stepped on third for the force out there, but as Pearce slid into third, he slid far off of the bag and into Johnson, as his throw to first sailed into the first base seats. No interference was called, stupidly, leaving runners on second and third with one out.

Joe Girardi then decided to walk Chris Davis to load the bases, but that didn't work out, as a batter later, JJ Hardy hit a bases-clearing double, making it a 6-0 game. Manny Machado followed with an RBI single, scoring Hardy to push the lead to 7-0.

David Huff took over on the mound in the 9th, and Joseph took him deep for a solo homerun.

Chris Tillman looked like a Cy Young winner on the mound today, as the Yankees hardly put anything together against him. Brett Gardner opened the bottom of the 1st with a triple, but replay showed he came off of the bag for a split second, leading to him being called out. Other than that, nothing.

Tillman worked seven very strong innings, holding the Yankees to just four hits, with four walks and two strikeouts on 114 pitches. TJ McFarland pitched the final two innings without giving up a hit or walking anybody.

The Yankees will head off to Toronto tonight to open a three-game series with the Blue Jays tomorrow night. Chase Whitley and Marcus Stroman will be the starting pitchers in that one.


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