After a 5-game skid, the Orioles thanks to the brilliant pitching of Garrett Olson, Aubrey Huff’s three-run homer in seventh, along with Nick Markakis going 3-for-4 and breaking out a slump with a solo homer in the sixth, Baltimore beat the New York Yankees, 6-1. The woeful New York bullpen opened the game for Baltimore and wasted a great effort by youngster Darrell Rasner.
The story of the game besides Olson’s performance was Nick Markakis finally coming out of a deep slump. Baltimore’s number three hitter came through big on Memorial and he knows better than anyone that he needs to hit in order for the Orioles to win. As well, he was marvelous in the field as he gunned down Johnny Damon at home in the third inning thanks to a laser throw. I think that play embolden the Orioles, gave Olson even more confidence and showed the Yankees, despite everything, they’ll be hard to beat unlike in past seasons.
Despite having A-Rod in the lineup, the Bronx Bombers were limp and the Orioles took advantage.
New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles: Baltimore, Md - May 26th, 2008
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