Dreams of a sweep, turned into one of the Yankees tougher losses this season. Andy Pettitte was cruising along when things fell apart in the 7th, leading to a 7-3 Baltimore win.
Pitching a shutout through 6, Pettitte allowed the first two runners on in the 7th, and was replaced by reliever Shawn Kelley. Kelly had been on a stretch since May where he hadn’t allowed many inherited runners to score. That would change.
It was a seven run outburst in the seventh, and the first run allowed was the first scored by the Orioles since the 6th inning on Friday. They’d add three more, taking the lead on a 3-run shot off the bat of shortstop JJ Hardy (24).
Pettitte picked up a no-decision in the loss, giving up 2 runs. Kelley wasn’t alone in his struggles, Joba Chamberlain came in to hold the O’s at 4-3, and instead surrendered a 3-run shot of his own to Adam Jones.
Alfonso Soriano drove in his 36th RBI in 34 games since rejoining the Yankees. Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez both had multi-hit games.
The loss put the Yanks back a .5 game behind the Orioles. Both teams, along with Cleveland, were helped by yet another Tampa lost again, so the bombers remain 3.5 games back. Next up on the 10-game homestand, the Chicago White Sox. But don’t look past the Sox, who swept the bombers early last month.
Phil Hughes gets the ball for New York. The Sox counter with Jose Quintana.
*** September Callups: 5 were brought up: infielder David Adams, catcher JR Murphy, and pitchers Brett Marshall, Cesar Cabral and Dellin Betances, with Preston Claiborne soon to follow