Sabathia goes from no-hitter to no-winner
Halfway through Friday night’s game at Camden Yards, it appeared that a couple of individual milestones for the Yankees would be reached – CC Sabathia’s 200th career victory as a pitcher and Joe Girardi’s 600th triumph as a manager. That neither was achieved was a bitter taste in a 4-3 loss to the Orioles that was particularly stinging.
Sabathia took a no-hitter into the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead. By inning’s end, both were gone. Nate McLouth, who got the first hit off Sabathia, also got the last, a solo home run one inning later that completed Baltimore’s comeback. Some tentative defense played roles in the Yankees losing the lead.
After McLouth led off the sixth with a line single to right-center, Alexi Casilla hit a ground ball between the mound and first base. David Adams, normally a third baseman or second baseman, played first base for the first time Friday night and mistakenly left the bag unoccupied in going for the ball, so that Sabathia, who fielded it, had nobody to throw the ball to.
CC recovered briefly to get Nick Markakis on an infield pop, but Manny Machado whacked his 37th double of the season to right-center to make the score 3-2. Machado then alertly tagged up and crossed to third base on J.J. Hardy’s flyout to center fielder Brett Gardner, who did not play the ball as if he thought Machado would try to advance. It was a key maneuver because Machado was able to score the tying run on another no-man’s-land, infield single by Adam Jones.
Sabathia came back for the seventh inning and got the first two outs before handing a breaking ball to McLouth, who hit a high fly over the right field scoreboard for his fifth home run. CC was so upset that he threw his glove against the dugout wall and whipped off his cap after the inning. He expressed the Yankees’ current situation as they dropped 5 ½ games behind the first-place Red Sox in the American League East and two games behind the second-place Orioles.
The Yankees had roughed up lefthander T.J. McFarland for three runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings of the rookie’s first major-league start. They had 10 at-bats (and three hits) with runners in scoring position over the first three innings but did not have another such at-bat the rest of the game as righthanders Kevin Gausman (1-3) and Tommy Hunter (two saves) combined to shut down the Yankees on four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
One night after being shut out on merely two hits by the Rangers, the Yankees collected 11 hits from eight different players but only one, a double by Gardner, was for extra bases. One player who failed to get a hit was Ichiro Suzuki (0-for-4) as his 21-game hitting streak at Camden Yards dating to April 5, 2008 came to an end.
Robinson Cano continued his career success at Camden Yards with three singles and an RBI. The second baseman improved his career numbers at Baltimore to .361 with 60 runs, 27 doubles, 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 70 games and 291 at-bats. In 43 games at Camden Yards since Aug. 22, 2008, Cano has batted .422 with 18 doubles, 11 home runs and 27 RBI in 43 games and 180 at-bats. He has hit safely in 31 of his past 35 games in Baltimore and in 38 of his last 43.
Michael Pineda is scheduled to make his next injury-rehabilitation start Sunday for Double A Trenton at Binghamton. In three minor-league starts, two with Class A Tampa and one with Trenton, the righthander has allowed three runs (one earned), nine hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings. Pineda also pitched in an inter-squad game against Yankees players June 21 and gave up no runs, three hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Infielder Eduardo Nunez, who is on the 60-day disabled list because of a left oblique strain, began a rehab assignment with Tampa Thursday night. He was 0-for-2 and played four innings in the field at shortstop.