NEW YORK - The Orioles are 0-4 against the Yankees this season and 14-4 against the rest of their April schedule.
They had plenty of chances tonight, but every ball they hit hard seemed to find a glove, except for Matt Wieters’ long single in the second inning.
“We squared up, I think, eight balls, but you’ve got to applaud their defense, too. They caught them,” manager Buck Showalter said following a 2-1 loss at Yankee Stadium. “Some nights, it happens like that. We won a ballgame yesterday because of the defense. It’s just unfortunate that you can’t get a return for that type of pitching effort.
“We did a lot of good things to put ourselves in position there. We just couldn’t finish it off. We let them take us out of the strike zone. Chris (Davis) hit two balls right on the button, (Robert) Andino smoked two balls. It’s kind of frustrating, but at the same time, we had some opportunities to make a break that went against us not matter.”
Showalter was referring to Mark Teixeira’s single down the line in the second inning that appeared to be foul. Teixeira scored on Eric Chavez’s home run off Orioles starter Jason Hammel, and that was the difference in the game.
“Like most times in a ballgame like that, you can look back and see some things you could do to make it not matter. They’re not trying to get it wrong, but sometimes there are things you have to overcome,” Showalter said.
Asked again whether he thought the ball was foul, Showalter said, “I’m not going to dwell on that. We had plenty of opportunities to make that not matter. They’re trying to get it right, and I don’t think anybody’s 100 percent sure. You just put it behind you and try not to dwell on it. He hit it hard and that’s one thing you can keep from happening.”
Hammel turned in his fourth quality start, holding the Yankees to two runs over seven innings.
“He’s just got a good mix and he trusts his fastball and sinker,” Showalter said. “He was the reason we had a chance to win that ballgame. He’s been solid.”
The Orioles had a chance to tie the game in the seventh, but pitcher Hiroki Kuroda tagged out Nick Markakis at the plate after taking the throw from catcher Russell Martin. What appeared to be a costly wild pitch turned into the final out of the inning.
“It’s a good play, good play,” Showalter said. “They have to make a great play to get him out. I would be upset if he wasn’t aggressive and trying to do something there in a close ballgame like that. Usually, the aggressor wins.”