After losing two out of three this past weekend to the White Sox, the Orioles headed up north to the Bronx to take on the Evil Empire in a three game series in what has been -- as thought -- a very tough road trip.
Last night, the Orioles fought long and hard against the Yankees, but in the end, the Bombers got the best of them a Hideki Matsui broke open a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the ninth with his 15th homer that sailed over the right field wall. The Yankees earned a 2-1 victory, and Jim Johnson -- who was on the mound in relief for Baltimore -- took the loss as served up a pitch on a 2-2 count that Matsui absolutely crushed.
Of course, the Orioles ran themselves out of potential scoring opportunities and that killed them. Seriously.
All the runs in the game came via the longball -- which the new Yankee Stadium has become renowned for -- as Nick Markakis hit a solo home run for Baltimore in the 1st (his 10th), and Eric Hinske hit a solo shot of his own in the second inning. Otherwise than that, the game featured solid pitching by David Hernandez for the Orioles, and Andy Pettitte -- who owns the Orioles with a 25-6 record -- for the Yankees.