NEW YORK - Tonight’s 2-1 loss dropped the Orioles’ record to 11-5 when they score first.
The key is to keep scoring, which they failed to do after tallying one run in the second inning.
The Orioles are 5-17 against the Yankees since the start of the 2011 season and 10-30 since the start of 2010. They’re 6-22 at the “current” Yankee Stadium, as it’s called in the postgame notes.
The bullpen turned in two more scoreless innings - one each by Matt Lindstrom and Jim Johnson.
Jason Hammel took the loss, his first as an Oriole, despite registering his fourth quality start.
He’d like a do-over against Eric Chavez, who launched a two-run homer in the second.
“Yeah, a two-seamer, sinker I wanted to run off the plate,” Hammel said. “Started down the middle and didn’t move too much. It was right down the middle, so he hit a home run off of it.”
Was his stuff good enough to earn a victory?
“It depends,” he replied. “There are a lot of things that play into that. I think we had a good chance to win the ballgame, no matter what. A 2-1 ballgame, pitchers’ duel. (Hiroki) Kuroda threw the ball really well, and shutdown bullpens on both sides. It was just going to be a good pitcher’s game. You can’t really predict that kind of thing.
“It’s tough, but I’m proud of the guys. We’re playing these guys toe-to-toe. It’s something we can pull out of it. You can’t win every game by one run. I’m very confident we can continue this (roll) going and obviously we can’t really get down on ourselves for playing good baseball.”
Hammel hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his five starts.
“I felt real good with the changeup today, and the curveball was there,” he said. “Throwing everything for strikes. I think it was a pretty positive game to pull out of this, although we lost. It is what it is. We’ve still got a lot of baseball to play and we’re not being taken too lightly anymore.”
Hammel didn’t have much to offer on Mark Teixeira’s disputed single in the second.
“I couldn’t tell from my angle, but supposedly it should still be 1-1,” he said. “That’s part of the game, I guess. Missed calls or close calls. It is what it is.”
First baseman Chris Davis had a pretty good view of the play.
“I was moving a little bit, but I thought it looked like a foul ball,” he said. “It’s a tough call right there. He (umpire Bob Davidson) has probably got a little better look at it than I do. But I mean, you’ve got to move on. That’s the game. You can’t let that stuff affect you. It happens every day, no matter who you play for or who you’re playing against. You’ve just got to pick it up and keep going.
“Jason still pitched well. We’ve got to do a little better job of capitalizing on scoring opportunities, myself included.
“They’re the Yankees, they’re always good. I don’t think it’s anything that we have a mental block or anything like that against them. We’ve played good, we just haven’t capitalized on the opportunities to score runs. You’re not going to beat a lot of teams scoring one run, even with as well as we’ve been pitching. You’re still not going to do it. We’ve got to put more runs on the board.”
Nick Markakis tried to score the tying run in the seventh, but he was tagged out at the plate.
“A lot was playing into it,” he said. “We missed an opportunity to get a guy in with one out. That’s baseball. It happens. I was seeing a lot of things. DeMarlo (Hale) was telling me, ‘Be on your toes.’ Fastball, split, down in the dirt, gets away from him, guy at third. It’s not like we had 10 hits, 12 hits. A lot played into the situation.
“I was just looking to score, tie the game. I thought I had a good jump. The ball didn’t go as far as I wanted to. Nine times out of 10, I’m going to try it.”