You know a game is bad when the most exciting part of it wasn't something that actually happened on the field of play but between innings and involved the teams' managers. Between the first and second inning of tonight's game - during the commercial break - Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter got into a shouting match that was so heated, the umpiring crew had to form a human wall to keep them from getting at each other. No one's actually sure what happened but it seems Girardi said something to the Orioles' third base coach and that enraged Showalter.
The Yankees had just five hits in tonight's loss and they now find themselves three games behind the Rays in the wild card race. (Oh and Baltimore and Cleveland are also still ahead of them.)
Things started off well for the Yankees when Alex Rodriguez hit his fifth home run of the season to put the Yankees ahead 1-0. It was an opposite field shot and his third off O's starter Chris Tillman.
But that was about all of the good that happened tonight. Tillman retired 14 Yankees in a row at one point and the Yankees got nothing going until Lyle Overbay's home run in the eighth.
CC Sabathia found himself in double trouble tonight: Nick Markakis hit one in the first inning then came around to score to tie the game, J.J. Hardy hit the double that put the O's ahead in the fifth inning and Manny Machado, the doubles king of Camden Yards and of MLB, hit a double in the seventh to give the Orioles a 4-1 lead.
Sabathia picked up his 12th loss of the season (Yikes) but hey at least his ERA went from a 4.86 to a 4.82! I'm trying to find a silver lining here people. More silver lining: Sabathia made into the eighth inning again, just like he did in his last start against Chicago. He also cut down on the walks and gave up only two while striking out six.
But still, he has been a disappointment this season and this was a game the Yankees really needed.
It was Tillman's 16th victory of the season. Baltimore now finds themselves only 1 1/2 games behind idle Tampa for the Wild Card.