Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Melky Cabrera hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the second off of Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie was shaky in the early innings but kept his cool, and did not let the Yankees score in innings four through seven.
Phil Hughes threw five innings allowing three runs, all on home runs. He pitched a solid game. Ty Wigginton destroyed a fastball deep into the last row of the lower deck in left, and Pacman homered off a cutter on Hughes that cut it to 5-3.
But the Yankees were just too powerful, too talented, and too awesome to be denied. The Orioles' sorry bullpen got lit up in the late innings again. The pen gave up seven runs in the seventh last night, and gave up six in the eighth tonight, highlighted by a Jeter two-run double.
HBP: Rodriguez, A (by Guthrie), Teixeira (by Guthrie).
Pitches-strikes: Guthrie 110-67, Baez 16-8, Walker 18-12, Hughes, P 89-57, Aceves, A 23-16, Coke 5-4, Rivera 14-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Guthrie 8-11, Baez 0-0, Walker 1-1, Hughes, P 2-3, Aceves, A 2-1, Coke 0-2, Rivera 3-1.
Batters faced: Guthrie 29, Baez 5, Walker 5, Hughes, P 21, Aceves, A 7, Coke 3, Rivera 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Walker 3-3, Rivera 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Dreckman. 1B: Paul Emmel. 2B: Angel Campos. 3B: Gary Darling.
Weather: 70 degrees, clear.
Wind: 15 mph, R to L.
May 20, 2009