Nuno pitches well in Yankees' loss to Orioles
Offense was at a premium for both teams, with the Yankees recording six hits and the Orioles just five. Vidal Nuno started for the Yankees and pitched well, allowing just one hit and one walk and striking out three in four scoreless innings, while Chris Tillman was almost as good on the other side; the Orioles' 2013 All-Star went into the sixth inning, allowing one run on three hits, walking two and striking out 5.
After the Yankees missed a golden opportunity to score in the fifth, first baseman Francisco Arcia chased Tillman by leading off the sixth with a solo home run to put New York ahead 1-0.
The Orioles countered in the bottom of the inning when 2013 MLB home run leader Chris Davis hit a two-out solo shot off Danny Burawa to the game, and would get the winning run in the seventh off Mark Montgomery. Delmon Young led off with a double, and after pinch-runner Jemile Weeks advanced to third on a wild pitch, Jonathan Schoop hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive him in and make it 2-1.
The Yankees mounted a rally in the eighth off Darren O'Day when leadoff hitter Arcia walked and Taylor Dugas followed with a double, but O'Day rebounded to strike out Rob Refsnyder, Rob Segedin, and Peter O'Brien in order to escape the jam.
Offensively, four of the six Yankees hits came courtesy of Ramon Flores and Brian Roberts, who were both 2-for-3. Arcia added the walk and the homer in three at-bats, Dugas' doubled in his only at-bat, and both Kelly Johnson and Austin Romine were 0-for-2 with a walk.
DH Kyle Roller was also hit by a pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
And, despite the loss, the Yankees staff performed well as a whole; Nuno went the four scoreless, Burawa allowed just the one run on three hits in 1 2/3 innings, Montgomery allowed one run on one hit in his 1 1/3 innings, and Brian Gordon struck out one in a perfect eighth.
The loss drops the Yankees to 8-8-2 in Grapefruit League play and 9-8-2 on the spring overall. They have one other chance to win on Saturday, with Adam Warren on the mound when the first game of the Legend Series against the Marlins in Panama City kicks off at 9 p.m.
Sunday is then another double-dip for the Yankees, who their stateside game to be shown on YES. Masahiro Tanaka will start against the Braves in that 1 p.m. game at Steinbrenner Field, while out in Panama City, CC Sabathia will be on the mound for the second game of the Legend Series at 2 p.m.