Yankees 4, Orioles 1(15)
A rough night for the Baltimore Orioles ended with a horrid 15th
inning in which Mike Gonzalez hit a batter in the head, Jeremy
Guthrie was thrust into a reliever’s role and rookie Brandon Snyder
was called out for being struck by a batted ball.
It all added up to a 4-1 defeat to the New York Yankees on
”Our entire bullpen pitched well tonight,” Orioles closer
Kevin Gregg said. ”But unfortunately, things went awry in that
After allowing a two-run double to Robinson Cano in the 15th,
Gonzalez struck Chris Dickerson in the head with a fastball.
Gonzalez was immediately ejected, and Dickerson remained motionless
on the ground for several minutes.
After being helped to his feet, Dickerson – who had borrowed
teammate Jorge Posada’s batting helmet after his was cracked by the
pitch – walked to first base before leaving the game.
Dickerson was taken to a hospital for a CT scan.
”He was lucid and he knew where he was. He had a lump on his
head,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ”You have to do
everything precautionary now. We’re just making sure he’s OK. It’s
standard operating procedure.”
Gonzalez insisted that the pitch was not thrown intentionally
”No way, shape or form was I trying to hit Dickerson or
anything like that,” he said. ”In fact, I was trying to throw a
fastball down and away. It got away from me and I’m sorry it hit
Alex Rodriguez had a season-high four hits for the Yankees,
whose only run before the 15th was an unearned tally in the
Mark Teixeira led off the 15th with a single off Jeremy Accardo
(2-1). Rodriguez followed with a single, and Cano hit a liner to
right-center that Adam Jones bobbled, allowing Cano to take
Gonzalez then hit Dickerson. With Baltimore out of relief
pitchers, Guthrie – the scheduled starter for Thursday – came in
and gave up a sacrifice fly to Brett Gardner.
New York’s Hector Noesi (1-0) worked four innings in his major
league debut, allowing two hits and walking three.
In the bottom of the 15th, Baltimore got the first two batters
on. But the uprising was short-circuited when Snyder was struck by
a grounder off the bat of Matt Wieters, an automatic out.
”I tried to get out of the way and the ball just felt like it
chased me,” Snyder said.
It was the longest game of the season for both teams, and the
longest for the Orioles at home since a 17-inning affair against
Philadelphia in 2003. The game lasted 4 hours, 56 minutes.
Baltimore loaded the bases with one out in the 11th against Luis
Ayala before Boone Logan struck out Luke Scott and retired Wieters
on a fly ball. Wieters was a major league-best 15 for 27 with
runners in scoring position before the out.
Noesi worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 12th, and the
Yankees failed to score against Accardo in the 13th after getting
runners at the corners with no outs.
”We had a lot of people pitch well. You pitch that well, you’d
like to take advantage of it,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter
said. ”I was real proud of our pitching tonight. It’s just
frustrating because we had so many opportunities there to push that
New York starter Bartolo Colon pitched eight innings of
three-hit ball and left with a 1-0 lead, but the usually reliable
Rivera gave up a run in the ninth to force extra innings. It was
his third blown save in 16 tries – the second against
Singles by Jones and Nick Markakis put runners at the corners
with one out in the ninth before Vladimir Guerrero hit a sacrifice
”We scored off Rivera there in the ninth inning and didn’t do
much against Colon, that’s for sure,” Showalter said.
Colon struck out seven and walked one. The right-hander, who
turns 38 next week, retired 13 straight at one point and ended his
performance by striking out the side.
Baltimore starter Zach Britton went seven innings, allowing an
unearned run, six hits and three walks. He has gone 19 1-3
consecutive innings without yielding an earned run, lowering his
ERA to 2.14.
In the New York fourth, Rodriguez got a leadoff single and moved
to second on a groundout. Orioles second baseman Robert Andino then
failed to catch a pickoff throw from Britton, apparently the result
of trying to apply the tag before securing the ball. Rodriguez took
third, and Nick Swisher followed with a sacrifice fly.
NOTES: The Orioles placed INF Cesar Izturis (elbow) on the
15-day DL and recalled INF Brandon Snyder from Triple-A Norfolk.
… Derek Jeter opened the game with a single, his 300th career hit
against Baltimore. Jeter started as a DH for only the second time
this season. … Cano has hit in 17 straight games against the