With each passing day that the Yankees fail to get any production out of their big boppers, the scrutiny intensifies. After Wednesday’s 5-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in which the Yankees managed just five hits, the questions aren’t going away.
Orioles starter Jake Arrieta kept the Yankees’ bats quiet and didn’t allow a base runner to get past second base. The right-hander allowed five hits and no walks while striking out nine in eight innings pitched.
Ivan Nova walked the tightrope throughout the game, but finally gave in the seventh. He gave up a deep homer to right field to Nick Markakis and then a long RBI double to Matt Wieters, which chased him from the game. Clay Rapada came in and gave up an RBI single to Nick Johnson, which extended the Baltimore’s lead to 5-0.
Making matters worse, Eric Chavez had to be helped off of the field during the fifth inning in the middle of his at-bat. He suffered a whiplash injury and possible concussion while diving for a ball in the top of inning.
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