Darrell Rasner was very good today, allowing only a run off a blast from Markakis, who just owns Rasner, and the offense provided Rasner no run support as the Yankees feebly dropped a 6-1 game to the Orioles. Frustratingly, the Yankees managed a mere three hits off Garrett Olson, the same pitcher they slapped around in an 8-0 win in New York last week. The Orioles blew it open with a two-out rally in the seventh when Hawkins allowed a lead-off single to Hernandez, fanned Bynum and Jones, but walked Roberts, surrendered an RBI single to Mora before exiting for Veras, who immediately gave up an RBI single to Markakis, 3-0. Aubrey Huff then cranked a homer to deep right-center, 6-0 Orioles. The homer was certainly a product of the count–2-0–and Huff had to know that Veras would come in with a fastball, which he did. Moeller averted the shutout with an RBI single to score the red-hot Matsui in the 9th, but that was it for the offense.
The Yankees’ best chance to score came in the third, when Matsui’s single brought JD toward home, but Markakis pegged him out with a sharp, one-hop throw for his eighth outfield assist to lead the majors, ending the threat and seeming to deflate the Yanks. Olson was sharp, getting the Yanks to chase his off-speed stuff that was often out of the zone. Olson walked four but struck out seven, only allowing the three hits. Rasner was no slouch himself, going six strong and allowing only five hits and a walk, a run earned, and fanning three on 98 pitches/68 strikes. He worked the corners very well without nibbling, getting ahead frequently while staying on the black. The kid suffered his first loss of the year and is 3-1, but lowered his ERA to 1.80. He was terrific and deserved better. So did the HDLR gang–thanks to Mike, Nick, and Mike S. for stopping by.
Matsui was 3-4 to raise his average to .331, but the rest of the offense was dormant. JD had a single, but Cano, Shelley, Melky and Abreu were all 0-4 with four total strikeouts, Jeter was 0-3 with 2 K’s, and A-Rod 0-2 with 2 walks. The 1-4 hitters were 1-13 with three walks. Tomorrow night, Ian Kennedy (0-3, 7.27 ERA) looks to continue his improvement against another lefty in Brian Burres (4-4, 3.16 ERA).