Orioles-Yankees: CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira Struggle as Yankees Fall 10-5

David HashmanContributor IApril 7, 2009

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 01:  Pitcher CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees starts against the Philadelphia Phillies at George Steinbrenner Field April 1, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

CC Sabathia failed to impress in his first outing as a New York Yankee. The Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles 10-5 to open the long awaited '09 campaign.

In the first inning CC struggled to find the strike zone, throwing 19 pitches and two wild throws. Although he didn't give up any runs, it seemed like the beginning of a long day.

The flood gates opened up in the third; a triple by Adam Jones drove in two runs. An additional RBI on a sacrifice fly by Nick Markakis gave the O's a 3-1 lead.

CC struggled in the fourth by giving up a hit, then walked Luke Scott, leaving a runner on. A double play ended Baltimore's chance to finish Sabathia off.

CC struggled with command of his fastball throughout the day, giving up three walks. Sabathia placed a heating pad, meant for his arm, on his ribcage, hinting at a possible injury.

CC's ball/strike ratio was terrible. Command was his major concern for the day.

Markakis drove in another run on a ground ball single to start the fifth. Adam Jones scored on a grounder and Luke Scott walked to drive in a run.

Jonathan Albaladejo replaced CC after the Scott walk. He ended the inning when Brett Gardner gunned down Mora.

Sabathia's line was awful: 4.1 innings, eight hits, six runs (all earned), five walks, two wild pitches, and NO strikeouts. His final ball/strike ratio was a miserable 46/50!

The Yankees scored in the third when Brett Gardner, leading off with a single, took off for second base when Derek Jeter pulled a "hit and run" moving Gardner to third. Damon drove Gardner in with a sacrifice fly.

The Bombers struggled offensively against Jeremy Guthrie. The O's pitcher looked very good on the mound, shutting down the Yankees through fifth.

Guthrie did not let up many opportunities until Jorge Posada blasted a home run to deep center in the sixth. Nady drove in Cano to make it 6-3 O's.

Guthrie got out of the sixth when Nady over ran third base and was tagged out. He pitched well for six innings, striking out three and giving up three runs on seven hits.

Chris Ray made his long awaited debut, only to wake up the Yankee offense by giving up a two-run shot to Matsui. He was quicky replaced by Jaime Walker.

Walker didn't fair well either, giving up a single to Robinson Cano before getting replaced. Dennis Sarfate finished the inning without giving up any more runs.

The Yankees were not done. Nick Swisher hit a pinch hit double followed by a sacrifice bunt by Gardner. With a runner on third, Johnny Damon worked a walk out of Jim Johnson to bring up Mark Teixeira.

Baltimore fans hassled Teixeira all day with heavy boos before every pitch. In total Tex went 0-4 with a walk.

Phil Coke looked solid in relief until Cesar Izturis smacked a home run over the glove of Johnny Damon. Brian Bruney came in to stop the damage, but only made it worse by loading up the bases.

He was replaced by Damaso Marte who gave up a two-run double to Aubery Huff. Marte is looking like Farnsworth version 2.0 right now.

George Sherrill closed things out in the ninth to give the O's a 10-5 victory.

Game Co-MVPs: Brian Roberts and Adam Jones

Both were solid at the plate and seemed impossible to get out. Together they were 6-7 with four runs, two RBI, and three walks. These guys will cause trouble for the Yankees all year.

Game Co-LVPs: CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira

I'm not looking for perfection from these guys, but both looked spoiled, nervous, and lost in a Yankee uniform today.

Teixeira went 0-4 with a walk and failed to drive in the game-tying run in the eighth. CC was just terrible. No strikeouts, no command of his fastball, and appeared to be nursing a rib injury in the dugout (pending investigation by the always wonderful Kim Jones).

Both of them better start living up to their contracts before the brutal Yankee fans start turning on them.


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