Alex Rodriguez hit the 2000 RBI mark last night, but it was not a good welcome back for Chris Martin or welcome for Sergio Santos as the Yanks lost to Baltimore last night 9-4.
The win was the sixth in a row for the Orioles while the loss was the Yanks’ third straight. Coupled with Tampa Bay’s win and Toronto’s tenth consecutive win, the AL East is about as tight as can be. The Yanks and Rays are in a virtual tie for the lead, Toronto is just one game back and Baltimore is two back.
The Yanks scored two in the first on a double by Headley, single by Teixeira and double by McCann.
But the Yanks need to tighten up their defense. For the third time in some two weeks, a catchable pop up or fly ball fell between two defenders. This time it was a foul pop near the Baltimore dugout that McCann and Teixeira did a I-got-it/you-take-it on. After the ball fell, CC Sabathia gave up a game-tying HR on the very next pitch.
CC gave up that HR in the third. In the fifth, he gave up another two-run HR to put the Orioles up 4-2.
In the sixth, A-Rod tied it up with his 12th HR of the year, #666 of his career. The two RBI gave him 2001 for his career, making him only the second player that MLB recognizes with 2000 RBI, the other being Hank Aaron. They don’t recognize some 222 RBI Babe Ruth had, or the 2075 Cap Anson supposedly had because those RBI came before the RBI became an official stat in 1920. Even in counting Ruth and Anson, A-Rod would still be just the fourth man with 2000 RBI. The hit was #2995 of his career.
The Yanks took CC out after five, and brought in Chris Martin. Martin was just brought back from rehab when Andrew Miller went on the DL. Martin proceeded to give up three runs in one inning, throwing three wild pitches in that inning in the process. As I mentioned earlier, the Yanks need to toughen up their d, including wild pitches.
Sergio Santos, just signed a few days ago, made his Yanks’ debut and gave up two runs in two innings of work.
In just his second MLB game, Mason Williams made a great running catch in RCF to rob a player of a double.
The Yanks are now 33-28.
Sabathia 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 5.38.
Martin (L, 0-2) 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks 0 K. The 3 WP. 5.27
Santos 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Overall ERA (LAD/NYY) 5.28.