Something tells me if Derek Jeter ever watched Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”, he probably would just start laughing hysterically instead of being terrified like most other people.
During the Yankees’ three game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, the New York shortstop was a constant thorn in the Bird’s side as he set the tone in every game for the Yanks.
During the Orioles 6-2 loss on Monday night, Jeter led the game off with a sharp single off Baltimore starter Brian Matusz. Jeter would later come around to score on a Mark Teixeira single, giving the Yanks an early 1-0 lead. Jeter would wind up going 4-4 on the night.
During Tuesday’s game Jeter rudely welcomed Wei-Yin Chen, making his first start in America, by leading the game off with a home run, once again helping the Yanks get off to an early lead. as the O’s found themselves playing from behind yet again. For that game, Jeter went 2 for 6 as the Yankees won in 12 innings by a 5-4 margin.
There was no way he would get New York off to a fast start again during the third and final game of the series, right? Wrong. Jeter led the game off with a double and came around to score on a home run by Curtis Granderson. New York eventually went on to win another extra inning affair 6-4 in ten innings thanks to Nick Swisher depositing a hanging Kevin Gregg cutter deep into the right center field stands.
In the three game series, Jeter went 3 for 3 in the first inning with a home run and a double and three runs scored. If that’s not setting the table, then I don’t know what is. Overall for the series he completely killed the Birds by hitting .500 (7 for 14). It’s always tough to win games when you are trailing before you even get to hit.
Now the Orioles sit at .500 with a 3-3 record. Although they were swept by the Yankees, they did battle by taking two games to extra innings, both of which they had their opportunities to win. Overall for the series, Baltimore left 31 runners on base.
Baltimore can point to the top of their batting order for letting them down during this series. The top four hitters in their lineup went a combined 8 for 53. That’s a batting average of .151 if you’re keeping score at home. Nick Markakis didn’t get a hit all series, and hasn’t had a hit since the second game of the year.
Still, it’s just one series against the Yankees. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. The good news is that the O’s had their shots, next time they just need to make sure they capitalize on them. Next up for the Orioles, a ten game road trip that kicks off Friday night in Toronto.