7/22/09 Orioles Vs Yankees

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7/22/09 Orioles Vs Yankees
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It was a sunny day in the Bronx as the O's/Yanks were ready to finish off their 3 game series from Yankee Stadium

The Yankees had won the first two games and were 5-0 after the all-star break.

The O's were just trying to avoid the sweep before a trip to Boston.

The starters were Jason Berken (1-7) for Baltimore and A.J. Burnett (8-4) for the Bombers.

Berken has been awful this year he won his first start and has lost his last seven. A road ERA of over 10 + Yankee Stadium + Yankee Hitters= uh oh. That statement proved true because in the 1st the Bombers connected for 4 runs 6 hits on Berken as after one the Yankees were crusin 4-0.

With the score 4-0 bottom 3, Jorge Posada connected on HR #12 this season as this would be the final blow the Bombers get over Berken who went 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 1 K in another poor effort.

On the other hand AJ Burnett was phenomenal thru 6, thanks to great plays by Nick Swisher in the OF making a leaping catch at the wall, and a backhand catch while running towards the wall.

The O's striked for the only runs they got off Burnett in the 7th when they put two runs on the board to lower the Yankee lead to three.

New York tallied on one more run in the eighth so it looked like Mariano Rivera would not have to make his fifth save in six games, as Brian Bruney would be sent in to get three outs in a non save situation.

Bruney started off with two K's to start off the inning but the game got interesting when with two outs, O's sluggers Adam Jones and Nick Markakis went back-to-back and now the score was 6-4

Now with the score 6-4 Rivera comes in and gets Aubrey Huff out to complete back-to-back sweeps and move to twenty games over .500 (57-37) and for now 1.5 games ahead of the second place Boston Red Sox.

The O's fall to (41-53) 16 games back of the Yankees in the AL East.

The Winning Pitcher was A.J. Burnett who is now (9-4), The loser was Jason Berken who falls to (1-8) and Mariano Rivera picks up his 28th save of the season which was his fifth in six games after the all-star break.

The Yankees now will host the A's for four games starting tomorrow and the Orioles will travel to Boston for a three game series starting on Friday.

Final Linescore for the teams were; BAL: 4 runs, 9 hits and 0 errors; NYY: 6 runs, 11 hits and 1 error

Game MVP: Jorge Posada (NYY) 2-3 2B,HR,BB with 2 R and 2 RBI

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