Bullpen the culprit in Yanks' loss to O's
BALTIMORE -- This time there was no relay from the outfield or dead-on strike to Francisco Cervelli to stave off the Orioles' winning run.
And Eric Chavez knew it.
The Yankees third baseman hung his head after Robert Andino's ground smash off Scott Proctor whizzed by him down the leftfield line, scoring Nolan Reimold to give the Orioles a 5-4, 10-inning win Thursday at Camden Yards.
"Bad execution," Proctor said of the 83-mph slider he left up to Andino.
The Yankees, who were outhit 13-6, lost by the same score -- only in 11 innings -- Wednesday afternoon at the Stadium.
The makeup game was the start of a 10-game, 11-day trip for the Yankees, who begin a three-game series in Anaheim Friday night. But Derek Jeter, who drove in two runs, said playing Thursday's game -- a rainout of an Aug. 27 contest -- wouldn't affect the team negatively as it heads west.
"We're fine," he said.
The Yankees' bats went cold as the game wore on. They did not get a hit off the Orioles' bullpen during the last six innings after Alfredo Simon's wildness helped them build a 4-1 lead.
With David Robertson unavailable because he had pitched two days in a row, Joe Girardi used six relievers -- and only Luis Ayala looked particularly good. The manager stayed away from Mariano Rivera because it wasn't a save situation.
Ivan Nova allowed three earned runs and five hits, walking three and striking out two in 51/3 innings. The righthander was trying to tie a Yankees single-season rookie record by winning his 12th consecutive game.
"We had a tough schedule the last couple of days and I know the relievers may be a little bit tired, so that's the time you've got step up and be longer in the game," said Nova, who admitted trying to do "too much" with his curveball and changeup.
After Nova surrendered a one-out double to Reimold in the sixth, he was replaced by Boone Logan, who gave up an RBI double to Chris Davis (his only batter) to make the score 4-3. Girardi called on Ayala, who fielded a ground ball and caught Davis roaming off second base for the second out and got J.J. Hardy to pop out to end the inning.
Aaron Laffey walked Nick Markakis to start the seventh before Cory Wade surrendered Vladimir Guerrero's one-out double to right-center. Markakis tried to score from first, but a perfect relay from Curtis Granderson to Robinson Cano to Cervelli got the runner at the plate. Markakis tried to barrel over Cervelli, but the catcher withstood the collision to preserve the Yankees' 4-3 lead.
The Orioles again tried to score on a close play at the plate in the eighth after Mark Reynolds singled off Rafael Soriano, moved to second on an error by leftfielder Brett Gardner and tried to score on Davis' base hit to centerfield. But Granderson's throw was accurate and Cervelli easily applied the tag on Reynolds.
Cano said he had no doubt the Yankees would win the game because of their defense.
"I said right there, 'Well, we got this game,' because I don't think I've ever seen that before," Cano said of the two outs at the plate in consecutive innings.
"When things like that happen, you feel like you're going to win," Jeter said. "But they came up with some big hits."
But the Orioles tied it when Andino, the next batter, singled in Davis. Asked if he was frustrated over giving up the tying run, Soriano said no.
"I don't think about anything,'' he said, "I just hope for the best."
Wade said fatigue can affect relievers just as much as position players, but he wouldn't use it as an excuse.
"They beat us today," he said.