Not a good night for the Yankees here in Baltimore. Dave Robertson had allowed a run in only one other outing this season — the grand slam in the home opener — but tonight he couldn’t put hitters away, and the Yankees couldn’t beat the lowly Baltimore Orioles.
It was the Orioles fourth win of the season, and the Yankees fourth loss in the past five games.
“Usually, when we’re playing teams it really doesn’t make a difference what they’re record is,” Derek Jeter said. “They usually get up for us. Whether it’s the beginning of the season or late in the season. We play teams that are out of it and they do the same thing.”
Tonight, it was Robertson who took the loss, and he earned it. He hit Ty Wigginton with an 0-2 pitch, and that runner became the go-ahead run. He hit a batter and allowed three singles before getting an out. “I got ahead OK,” Robertson said. “When I had an opportunity to get someone out, I just didn’t make the pitch. When you don’t make pitches, guys will hit it.”
Here’s the frustrated Robertson talking about his rough night at Camden Yards.
• In almost every way, Phil Hughes was brutal tonight, but he got through 5.2 innings with only one run on two hits. He said he simply could not locate his fastball. “I felt great in the bullpen so I knew I probably wouldn’t be as on as I was the other day,” Hughes said. “In Oakland I was horrible in the bullpen and felt like I couldn’t miss a spot (in the game).” Joe Girardi called the outing impressive because of the way Hughes battled through without his best stuff.
• Girardi on why he didn’t leave Hughes in to face Luke Scott in the sixth: “He had worked so hard and was at 110 (actually 109) pitches,” Girardi said. “We just felt that was enough.” I know Girardi’s going to be ripped for the decision, but at the time, I thought it was the right one. Boone Logan had been pretty solid and Scott splits against lefties have been brutal.
• Hughes did not throw a single changeup. Jorge Posada called for it once and Hughes shook it off. On a night like this, when he couldn’t locate any of his pitches, Hughes said he didn’t want to use the pitch he commands the least.
• Jeter on his ninth-inning error: “I stayed down and it popped up and hit me in my bicep.” That error and Jorge Posada’s throwing error led to that all-important insurance run.
• Girardi said he plans to play Nick Johnson tomorrow as long as he feels OK. Johnson pinch hit and drew a walk in the ninth.
• Didn’t see Randy Winn after the game, so I couldn’t ask him what happened on that throw in the sixth inning. “I’m not sure what happened there,” Girardi said. “I didn’t have a chance to ask him.”
• Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher each had three hits. It was Cano’s ninth multi-hit game.
Both Associated Press photos. The top is of Cano after his fly out to end the third inning.