By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) _ After Freddy Garcia was done with his wild
performance and Taiwan native Wei-Yin Chen had experienced the
thrill of pitching in the major leagues for the first time, the
Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees kept threatening to score
and repeatedly failed to do so.
Raul Ibanez finally decided the battle of missed opportunities
in the 12th inning, delivering a two-out double to score the
go-ahead run and provide the Yankees with a 5-4 victory Tuesday
“It just seemed to be one of those games for both teams. We had
our opportunities to score runs,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi
said. “It was a strange day. Just a strange day.”
Both teams had trouble delivering in the clutch on a chilly
night at Camden Yards. New York went 2 for 18 with runners in
scoring position and the Orioles 0 for 8.
And that was only part of it.
Garcia and Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen both had memorable
performances. Garcia threw five wild pitches, one short of the
major league record, and Chen took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning
in his major league debut.
In the sixth, the Yankees used three hits, a walk and a costly
error by third baseman Mark Reynolds to pull even. With two outs,
Orioles manager Buck Showalter worked his way to the mound and took
the baseball from the 26-year-old Taiwan native.
“When Buck walked to me I was pretty upset about myself because
I didn’t have command tonight,” Chen said through an interpreter.
“I didn’t help the team get a win tonight. This is the reason I’m
here, to help the team get a win. I’m not satisfied.”
Chen gave up a home run to his first batter, Derek Jeter, whose
25th leadoff homer broke a tie with Rickey Henderson for most in
franchise history. The former Japanese Central League standout then
threw four straight scoreless innings before apparently tiring.
“Physically, I’m not tired at all,” Chen said. “Mentally, I
Chen allowed four runs, two earned, and seven hits in 5 2-3
innings. He struck out six, walked one and was lifted after 101
“To be honest with you guys, this is my first major league
outing. I was so nervous,” Chen said. “But after the first inning
everything was fine for me.”
Garcia yielded four runs, three earned, four hits and three
walks in 4 2-3 innings. He’s the first player to throw five wild
pitches in a game since Philadelphia’s Ken Howell in 1989.
“I didn’t really make good pitches tonight. I was all over the
place,” Garcia said. “I don’t remember ever doing that. I don’t
know how many there were, five, six?”
His problem was that he couldn’t get a grip on the split-finger
fastball, his money pitch.
“To only give up four hits in almost five innings is pretty
amazing considering you don’t have one of your main pitches,”
Robinson Cano led off the 12th with a double off Pedro Strop
(0-1). Four batters later, Ibanez hit a liner off the right-field
warning track that bounced into the stands.
Former Oriole Clay Rapada (1-0) got two outs in the 11th, and
Mariano Rivera worked a perfect 12th for his first save this year
and the 604th of his career.
Chen began his long-awaited debut by missing the strike zone on
three straight pitches. Jeter then took a strike before driving a
fastball well over the center-field wall. Nick Swisher followed
with a double, but Chen worked out of trouble despite hitting Alex
Rodriguez with a pitch.
Garcia was even shakier in the bottom half. After J.J. Hardy hit
a solo homer, Nick Markakis walked and Matt Wieters singled with
two outs. Garcia then threw a pair of wild pitches that enabled
Markakis to score the go-ahead run.
The next flurry of activity came in the Baltimore fourth. Adam
Jones led off with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored
when catcher Russell Martin dropped a throw to the plate.
Chen retired 12 straight batters before Martin’s one-out single
in the fifth. Brett Gardner also singled, and both runners moved up
on a groundout by Jeter before Swisher flied out.
Baltimore made it 4-1 in the bottom half when Robert Andino
doubled, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch.
In the sixth, Reynolds let in a run when he mishandled a sharp
two-out grounder by Martin, and Gardner hit an RBI single to end
NOTES: New York clinched another series win over Baltimore. The
Orioles are 0-6-2 since their last series win over New York, in
September 2010. … The Yankees will send LHP CC Sabathia to the
mound in the series finale Wednesday night. Sabathia is16-2 against
Baltimore. Jake Arrieta will pitch for the Orioles, seeking to
build upon a season-opening performance in which he threw 7 shutout
innings against Minnesota. … Baltimore has homered in the first
or second inning of every game. … Nine of Hardy’s 32 homers with
Baltimore have come in the first inning.
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